Eastern Ukraine has been in a humanitarian crisis since March 2014, when armed conflict erupted between separatists and Ukrainian armed forces. Separatists now control most of eastern Donetsk region, and a small area of southern Luhansk region. 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 2.8 million have been displaced. Protection and health are of particular concern in conflict areas, particularly as a large number of older people are affected. Humanitarian access is constrained: virtually all international aid organisations (all in Donestk) have been banned from non-government areas. ? However, in September 2016 UNHCR’s license to operate in Donetsk and surrounding areas was renewed. ?

INFORM measures Ukraine's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.4/10. Hazard exposure rating is also very high at 7/10.?

Latest Developments

No recent significant humanitarian developments.This country is being monitored by our analysis team. Last check: 26/09

Key priorities

  • Humanitarian access to non-government areas.
  • Shelter and NFI assistance in non-government areas, mainly blankets, clothes, and heaters.
  • Protection in non-government areas, along the contact line and IDP reception areas.
  • Delivery of aid to the areas along the contact line, where the most pressing needs are being reported.

Information Gaps and needs

  • Up-to-date information on healthcare availability and access is very limited.
  • Information on needs in Crimea is very limited.
Key documents



Report on the Human Rights Situation in Ukraine



National monitoring system of the situation with IDPs

Human Rights Watch


Studying Under Fire: Attacks on Schools, Military Use of Schools During the Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Protection Cluster


Protection Cluster, Overview on State Assistance for IDPs

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Socio-economic impact and needs assessement: Donbass, Ukraine

ENN, Global Nutrition Cluster, UNICEF


Nutrition coordination in Ukraine: Experiences as a sub-cluster of health



Housing, Land and Property Rights of Displaced and Conflict-affected Communities in Eastern Ukraine