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.?
11/11: On 11 November separatist leaders in the non-government controlled areas of Luhansk and Donetsk held “elections”. The process was met with criticism from Western governments and intergovernmental organisations that question the legality and legitimacy of the polls and their impact on the peace process. ?
- 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.