Ukraine

Ukraine: Humanitarian Impact Situation Report (As of 12:00 p.m. (EET) on 26 April 2022)

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This report is produced by OCHA Ukraine in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 12:00 p.m. on 21 April to 12:00 p.m. on 26 April. The next report will be issued on or around 5 May.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The ongoing war continues to exacerbate a massive humanitarian crisis and prompt further displacement. Eastern and southern parts of the country have been facing the most severe consequences of the fighting in recent weeks, while airstrikes reported in multiple areas in Ukraine in the past few days have caused additional damages and civilian losses.

• As the war rages on and the UN continues its efforts to bring about peace, the UN Secretary-General is scheduled to arrive to Ukraine this week to meet with the President and Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

• The UN and humanitarian partners issued the revised Flash Appeal and Regional Refugee Response Plan on 25 April. Nearly US$4.1 billion will be urgently required to meet the needs of 17 million people inside and outside Ukraine, including $2.25 billion to meet escalating humanitarian needs of 8.7 million within Ukraine until August 2022.

• The most recent needs assessment conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that residents of Ukraine with chronic diseases face severe challenges with accessing health care. One in three households with at least one person with a chronic condition is unable to secure medication and care.

• The World Food Programme (WFP), through a network of local partners, has delivered food, integrated nutrition packages for children aged 6 to 23 months, vouchers and cash assistance for 2.4 million people in Ukraine since 24 February.

• Since the war started, nearly 835,000 people in Ukraine were able to access health care as a result of supplies distributed, either directly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) or in partnership with implementing organizations.

• UNICEF has ensured access to safe water for over 400,000 people in affected areas since 24 February, including through water trucking, bottled water distribution and supporting water availability in collective centres. Furthermore, nearly 90,000 people have been reached with water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

• As of 26 April, Cash Working Group (CWG) partners have distributed multipurpose cash assistance to over 314,000 people, with the total amount transferred estimated at $44.6 million.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

General humanitarian situation. Active fighting continued to be reported in eastern and southern Ukraine, primarily affecting eastern Donetska, Kharkivska and Luhanska oblasts. Calls for a humanitarian pause during Orthodox Easter went unheeded, and there were reports of multiple attacks across the country striking civilian infrastructure as well as residential areas. On 23 April, missile strikes in Odesa (Odeska oblast, south) reportedly hit an apartment building, allegedly killing eight people, including a three-month-old girl, and injuring 18 others. On 24 April, missiles reportedly struck a thermal power plant and oil refinery in Kremenchuk in Poltavska oblast (centre), killing one person and injuring seven. On 25 April, there were reported missile attacks on five railway stations across Ukraine, with unconfirmed civilian casualties, in Lvivska oblast (west), Rivnenska oblast (north-west) and Vinnytska oblast (centre-west). Moreover, according to Energoatom, the Ukrainian operator of nuclear power facilities, two rockets were reportedly noticed flying in close vicinity of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) site (Zaporizka oblast, south-east) on 26 April. According to Energoatom’s CEO, such lowaltitude missile strikes in the vicinity of the largest NPP in Europe pose colossal safety risks for the region. The information about damages and civilian casualties has not been verified by the UN.

The military offensive that began nearly two months ago has plunged Ukraine into a human rights and humanitarian crisis that has devastated the lives of civilians throughout the country and beyond, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on 22 April, as she called for all parties to respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, in particular the rules governing the conduct of hostilities. Ms. Bachelet said that the indiscriminate shelling and bombing of populated areas, the killing of civilians and destruction of hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure “may amount to war crimes.”

As the war rages on and the UN continues its efforts to bring about peace, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to arrive to Ukraine this week. He will have a working meeting with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and will be received by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 28 April. The UN Chief will also meet with UN staff on the ground to discuss the scaling up of humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine.

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