Ukraine Situation report No. 8 as of 22 August 2014

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 22 Aug 2014

Highlights

  • At least 2,249 people have been killed (including at least 23 children) and 6,033 wounded (including at least 38 children) in eastern Ukraine as of 19 August (source OHCHR).
  • The advent of the school year on 1 September and the coming winter season are considerable challenges. A total of 35,070 IDPs are currently sheltered at 1,648 collective centers across the country (source UNHCR).
  • The OCHA Under-Secretary-General, Ms. Valerie Amos, is on mission to Ukraine 21- 24 August to review and assess the current humanitarian situation and response in eastern Ukraine.

3.9m Affected people living in areas directly affected by conflict as of 15 August

190,087 Internally displaced people as of 19

207,343 Fled to Russia (Jan 2014 to date) August

Situation Overview

The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine continues to deteriorate. Fighting and shelling in Donetsk and Luhansk is resulting in accelerated displacement. As of 19 August, the number of internally displaced increased to 190,087, while more than 207,343 people have fled eastern Ukraine to seek refuge in the Russian Federation.

Ongoing shelling presents a challenge to accessing some parts of Donetsk oblast and a major part of Luhansk oblast. Reports indicate there is increasing need for basic services such as water, electricity and health care in these areas. The humanitarian needs of displaced people in and around Donbas region are increasing as well.

While winter is fast approaching, ongoing fighting is triggering renewed displacement, resulting in a need to scale up response to meet the basic humanitarian needs of the affected population. The onset of the school year (1 September) presents an additional challenge as 290 schools are partially or completely destroyed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, while at the same time some IDPs are occupying student dormitories and boarding schools. The Education and Shelter/NFI sectors are engaged in discussions with relevant government authorities and donors to facilitate access to education for IDP and host community schoolchildren, as well as children located in conflict areas.

The Russian Federation has shipped more than 2,000 tons of food and non-food item assistance to the shared border with Ukraine, awaiting clearance by Ukrainian officials. The Government of Ukraine has shipped 800 tons of humanitarian assistance, including food, non-food items and hygiene kits near to the conflict area. The ICRC has agreed to receive and distribute these shipments once cleared

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