- IOM’s assistance to Conflict-Affected People in Ukraine - September 2017
- IFRC Complex emergency - Emergency appeal n° MDRUA007 operation update n° 8, 15 Sep 2017
- Humanitarian Bulletin: Ukraine | Issue 21 | 1 – 31 August 2017
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 Mid-Year Review (MYR) Report, Aug 2017
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017 [EN/UK]
- Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 [EN/UK]
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017: Ukraine
- IOM Ukraine 2017 Crisis Response Plan
- IOM Humanitarian Compendium
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- Central Europe: Floods - May 2010
- Europe: Cold Wave - Dec 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Central and Eastern Europe: Floods - Jul 2008
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A three- day “window of Silence” observed from 21st August, enabled repairs of critical water infrastructure, restoring the provision of clean water and ensuring winter warmth for over 70,000 people including 14, ooo children in Toretsk.
UNICEF continued to provide access to safe water and sanitation, reaching over 43,000 people in the Eastern Conflict Area (ECA) through water- trucking and emergency repair of conflict damaged infrastructure.
An agreement was reached on 19 July in Minsk by all parties to the conflict to create safety zones around critical civilian infrastructure including water installations. However the number of ceasefire violations increased over the last two weeks of July.3
UNICEF reached almost 335,000 children and their caregivers with life -saving Mine Risk Education (MRE) through dissemination of child friendly content through electronic media.
Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in the eastern Ukraine and the events in Crimea more than three years ago, large-scale population movements were observed in the country. The UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports over 2 million displaced, including 1,2 million internally displaced persons. Estimates indicate that about 70% of the internally displaced people are women.
From January to June 2017, increased violence on both sides of the contact line resulted in civilian infrastructure repeatedly damaged in the line of fire. At least 78 water related incidents were reported, 27 more than from January to June in 2016, which threatened access to water for over 1.8 m people including 400,000 children. At least 67 conflict-related civilian deaths and 308 injuries were also reported.
WFP Ukraine is facing severe funding constraints. USD 19.4 million is urgently required to ensure the provision of food assistance to food insecure people living in eastern Ukraine through to the end of 2017.
The May Food Security and Livelihood Cluster’s analysis highlights the serious impact conflict has had on the economy with the level of poverty by actual cost of living seeing an increase in both Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
• Violence continues on both sides of the ‘contact line’ with severe shelling on 2June cutting off the power supply to the Donetsk Filter Station that provides water to nearly 345,000 people.
• The South Donbass Water Pipeline which supplies water to over 1.1m people including 400,000 children was also shelled, resulting in the temporary halt of its operations.
• In response to the water cuts, UNICEF provided almost 60,000 litres of safe water to almost 10,000 people who had no water for four days during the first week of June.
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Violence escalated in May in Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka Debaltseve, Kominternove, Horlivka and Shyrokyne, affecting access to water and electricity supply for over 350,000 people;
• The conflict in eastern Ukraine continued to disrupt water and electricity infrastructure, interrupting access to water for nearly 1.2 million people, including approximately 166,000 children, in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
• UNICEF trucked water to 12 settlements inside the 15km zone along the ‘contact line’, ensuring access to drinking water for 13,000 people.
• UNICEF continued to advocate for 200,000 children living along the ‘contact line’, seeking urgent funding to provide life-saving psychosocial support to children.
A fire at an ammunition depot near Balakliya, Kharkiv oblast, led to explosions that lasted several days, resulting in the death of one woman and two people injured as well as the temporary displacement of nearly 30,000 people, including 3,500 children. Almost 8,000 children missed school for several days as they had to be relocated.
Flare ups of violence in and around Avdiivka and the city of Donetsk continued to affect the centralised water supply, electricity and heating systems, with 1.8 million people, including approximately 252,000 children, on both sides of the ‘contact line’ at risk for days.
Due to the surge in fighting, at least 10 educational facilities were damaged and 17 closed, which is affecting the learning of approximately 5,000 children on both sides of the ‘contact line’.
• The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission noted a significant increase in ceasefire violations in Donetsk Oblast, including over 10,330 explosions, compared with around 2,500 in December 2016;
• Due to conflict escalation in late January, approximately 1.8 million people, including 252,000 children, on both sides of the ‘contact line,’ are at risk as critical civilian infrastructure (i.e. water, electricity, heating) was damaged;
In December, over one hundred cease fire violations were recorded daily along the ‘contact line’;
Under the umbrella of UNHCR, UNICEF delivered 160 tons of education supplies and materials for schools and kindergartens in Luhansk, NGCA;
Due to destroyed powerlines, Siverskyi Donets-Donbass Channel, which supplies bulk water to more than four million people in Donetsk Oblast, has temporarily reduced water supply by 50 per cent;
In 2017, children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) will face continued risks related to armed conflicts, economic stagnation and political and social instability. In eastern Ukraine, children are facing the consequences of a three-year conflict that is overwhelming social services and protection systems. In Turkey, unprecedented numbers of refugee, migrant and other highly vulnerable children are challenging the capacities of government services.
The political situation in Ukraine remains tense and humanitarian access to nongovernment controlled areas (NGCAs) continues to pose a challenge. Breaches of the ceasefire agreement occur daily along the contact line,1 contributing to a volatile security situation that threatens further displacement. The conflict continues to impact nearly 4.4 million people in eastern Ukraine.
During the month of November, there was a sharp increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine, registering over 2,000 incidents daily.
More than 4,500 children were unable to go to school for several days due to an attack which damaged a main pipeline that supplies drinking water and centralised heating for more than 80,000 people on both sides of the ‘contact line’ in Donetsk oblast.
UNICEF repaired and rehabilitated over 17 km of pipelines to ensure uninterrupted access to safe drinking water in Donetsk oblast.
A temporary solution was found to maintain the water supply to 1.2 million people in Luhansk Oblast, affected when the electricity supply to the Popasnyanskyi Vodakanal system was cut off on 26 September. It is urgent however to apply more permanent solutions to the payment of utilities crossing the contact line.
UNICEF supported the repair works in 20 settlements close to the contact line, ensuring the continued provision of safe water to 18,375 people.
A renewed ceasefire agreement signed on 1 September has led to a decrease in the number of civilian casualties during the month. The 2 deaths and 17 injured was the lowest total recorded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the last four months.