Ukraine: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 27 February 2018) [EN/RU/UK]
January was marked by brief flare ups of hostilities and sporadic localized fighting particularly towards the end of the month. Damage to critical infrastructure, including gas pipelines and powerlines, meant that water supply for 4.2 million people in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts was constantly at risk of failure. Weather conditions deteriorated rapidly with heavy snowfall and temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees. Over 80 educational facilities in the Government controlled areas (GCA) of Donetska oblast had to close temporarily, affecting over 30,000 students, while access to dozens of settlements along the ‘contact line’ became difficult or, at times, impossible. Since late December, the ‘Vodafone’ mobile network in the Non-Government controlled areas (NGCA) was disrupted, affecting 2 million subscribers, including those relying on SMS notifications to renew their displacement status for accessing pensions and social benefits. The humanitarian situation was further aggravated by over 1,200 reported cases of measles across the country, while at least 43 cases were recorded in Donetska oblast NGCA for the first two weeks of January. Humanitarian agencies continued to provide vital assistance and protection across all sectors, including in response to the measles outbreak on both sides of the ‘contact line’. As of 1 February, the Logistics Cluster handed over its responsibilities on preparation of convoys to individual humanitarian agencies and started to transit coordination functions to UNHCR and OCHA.