The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine continues to deteriorate. Approximately 5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, civilians living close to the 'contact line' are the most vulnerable in light of the prevailing insecurity. This group, together with 3 million people living in non-government controlled areas (NGCAs) are prioritized for humanitarian action, as social services are severely constrained and banking system as well as commercial trac interrupted.
Warsaw, Poland | AFP | Tuesday 5/26/2015 - 15:32 GMT
Poland will take in 60 Syrian refugee families of the Christian faith, Warsaw said Tuesday just days after it opposed European Union plans for binding quotas on asylum seekers for its 28 member states.
"We'll welcome 60 families for a start," Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz told reporters in Warsaw.
"Today Christians who are being persecuted in a barbaric fashion in Syria deserve Christian countries like Poland to act fast to help them."
Anti-Smuggling Operation Bound by Human Rights Law
(Brussels, May 21, 2015) – European Union military action against human smuggling networks should not put the lives and rights of migrants and asylum seekers in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Council of the European Union agreed on May 18, 2015, to create a naval operation, EUNAVFOR Med, to identify, capture, and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean.
The security situation in Ukraine remains unstable and unpredictable, although International Medical Corps has been able to keep operating programs despite the insecurity. Over 1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now registered in Ukraine. However, there are no exact figures for IDPs inside the non-government controlled areas. According to UNHCR, over 800,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries including Russia, Belarus and Poland.