A surge of violence since midJanuary, including battle for the city of Debaltseve in midFebruary, has caused a wave of new displacement into government-controlled areas.
Food security and protection continue to be major concerns for people in non-governmentcontrolled areas who are cut off from supplies, especially older people who did not register as IDPs before the 1 February deadline, and other vulnerable groups. Food security is further constrained by rising food prices.
The local currency (hryvnia) has been devalued by 50%, contributing to a reduction in households’ purchasing power.
In Luhansk region, the shortage of medicines and essential supplies, including food, is even more acute, and the humanitarian situation is particularly alarming.