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 almost 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 is constrained and has deteriorated in 2017. ??
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.?
13/03: Food insecurity is deteriorating in Donetsk and Luhansk, an estimated 600,000 elder people living on the non-government controlled areas (NGCA) are particularly affected as continuous insecurity, administrative challenges, and winter conditions make it difficult to cross the contact line into government controlled areas to be able to receive their pensions.
- 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.