Despite a ceasefire over the New Year, which came into force on the 23 December, there has been an escalation in hostilities in Novoluhanske village* since 18 December, resulting in at least eight civilian injuries and damage to civilian infrastructure. Over 900 houses and apartments and two education facilities were damaged. An estimated 400 people left Novoluhanske for safe places in nearby locations. As of mid-January, approximately 155 people have reportedly returned, while many remain displaced as their houses were damaged. While temperatures have plunged reaching – 15 Celsius during the night and continue to drop further, conflict-affected people’s fight to survive the fourth harsh winter with the already-diminishing means available is becoming more dicult. December saw a drastic increase of reported incidents against water/sanitation and education facilities in the conflict-affected area, making it the seventh most destructive month of 2017.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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