Despite a number of ceasefires announced since September 2014 the conflict continues in Eastern Ukraine, to date driving hundreds of thousands of people out of the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk (known as the Donbas). By mid-December over 610,000 internally displaced persons had been registered from the Eastern regions alone (UN Sitrep n°22, December 26, 2014), to which must be added an unknown number of unregistered IDPs.
People in Need (PIN), has been operating in Eastern Ukraine since August 2014, providing direct assistance to more than 100,000 people to date, while continuously assessing the situation, so as to be adequately prepared to respond rapidly to newly identified and continuously developing needs.
In December 2014, a team led by the PIN emergency coordinator conducted a rapid assessment in 11 towns and 6 districts of the Donetsk region outside the control of the Ukrainian government. The assessment was conducted with the sole purpose of collecting data related to current humanitarian needs, with the aim of providing a maximum of relevant information for improved humanitarian assistance. The surveyed area is hereinafter referred to by its widely used acronym “DPR” (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic).