Education Cluster Incident Report: 4 verified cases of school damages in Ukraine in the last week May 18, 2018 [EN/RU/UK]


At least 4 education facilities sustained damages during May (GCA – 2; NGCA – 2) as a result of continuous hostilities along the contact line in Eastern Ukraine putting lives of hundreds of children and teachers at risk and affecting their access to education.

  • May 17, 2018: Windows of school #11 in Svitlodarsk (GCA) sustained damages due to artillery/mortar shell which has landed in a school yard while more than 370 children and 40 teachers had classes inside. One civilian (presumably parent) was injured close to the school in this incident. Reportedly the school is temporarily closed today.

  • May 16, 2018: Canteen of Sakhanka school (NGCA) was damaged due to shelling. Children and teachers were in the school at the time of incident. No causalities were reported. Reportedly there are 28 children enrolled in Sakhanka school.

  • May 13, 2018: In Hranitne (GCA) school a window was damaged with a bullet. No children were in the building at the time of incident.

  • May 11, 2018: At least 4 windows and an entrance door were damaged by shrapnel at boarding school #27 in Dokuchaievsk (NGCA). Because of holidays no children or staff were at school at the time of incident.
    There is also one additional reported case in NGCA which is currently being verified.

May 15, 2018: Reportedly school #10 in Horlivka (NGCA) has sustained damages due to shelling. No causalities among children and staff were reported.
Education Cluster partners plan to respond to needs resulting from the above incidents. The Education Cluster team continues to monitor the situation and will let partners know of any unmet needs identified in the coming days.

These incidents bring the total number of education facilities which have been damaged in Ukraine since January 2017 to 48 (includes unverified cases). The month of May (2018) has had the highest number of education related incidents since December 2017, when 7 education facilities were damaged during a single month during an increase of hostilities. More information on statistics is avaialble here. Since the start of the conflict in 2014 more than 740 education facilities have been damaged in Ukraine.