• Conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries increase in eastern Ukraine from May–August
• More than 1.3 million people cross the contact line, marking highest number of crossings since 2015
• Security incidents disrupt services at education, WASH, and checkpoint facilities in eastern Ukraine
• Conflict-related deaths and injuries in eastern Ukraine increased by 30 percent between mid-May and mid-August, the UN reports. Approximately 50 percent of the total casualties were the result of light weapons fire or shelling, according to the UN.
• Approximately 1.3 million civilians crossed the contact line during August, marking the highest number of monthly crossings since 2015, according to the UN. Despite the increased number of crossings, civilians continue to face insecurity, extreme temperatures, lack of sanitary facilities, and restrictions on freedom of movement when attempting to cross the contact line.
• The Donetsk Filtration Station—which supplies safe drinking water to more than 345,000 people on both sides of the contact line—was operational as of September 12, following an electrical disruption on September 6 that resulted in a temporary suspension of operations at the facility, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.
• In FY 2018, the U.S. Government (USG) provided nearly $38 million in humanitarian assistance to meet emergency food, health, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs in eastern Ukraine. The funding includes $29.9 million from State/PRM to help address needs of vulnerable civilians living along the line of contact and in the easternmost oblasts bordering Russia, including through material, social and medical assistance, support for economic recovery, and social integration.