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. 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and over 1.5 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 continues to be constrained. ?? 

INFORM measures Ukraine's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.2/10. Hazard exposure rating is also very high at 7/10.?

Latest Developments

17/12: The shutoff of a water pipeline due to a massive leak near the contact line in the non-government controlled area left more than 45,000 people in the towns of Pivdenne, Zalizne and Pivnichne in government-controlled areas without water. Centralised heating is expected to be affected too and could have severe humanitarian impacts if the leak is not fixed soon as temperatures have dropped below 0 degrees Celsius. ? Please visit our Global Risk Analysis report for more information.

28/11: The Ukraine government has imposed martial law for a 30-day period for 10 border regions following Russia’s capture of three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch strait on 25 November.?

Key priorities

  • Delivery of aid  and humanitarian access to the areas along the contact line, where the most pressing needs are being reported.
  • 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.

Information Gaps and needs

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