Largely unnoticed, the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, claiming lives, creating new humanitarian needs and intensifying pre-existing systemic flaws - from ageing infrastructures to legislative shortcomings - that, in turn, adds to the suffering of civilians. An estimated 4.4 million people are affected and 3.8 million need humanitarian assistance, an increase of 0.7 from 2016. The 2017 HRP targets 2.6 million amongst the most vulnerable, focusing on addressing protection concerns, mitigate the cumulative impact the conflict has on civilians, particularly in time-critical sectors such as shelter, health and WASH, and restoring critical livelihood to minimize the effect of the protracted conflict on coping mechanisms. Geographically, particular attention is given to the areas along the ‘contact line’ experiencing active fighting, zones where sector-specific life-threatening needs exist, and in areas beyond the Government’s control affected by socio-economic exclusion. Access of conflict-affected civilians to life-saving goods and services, and of humanitarian actors to people in need continue to be hampered by continuous insecurity, bureaucratic impediments, and logistical challenges. This warrants concerted and systematic advocacy efforts by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to ensure sustained humanitarian access. The HRP totals $214 million—of this, $ 127 million has been identified as critical priority for which early funding is crucial to ensure timely delivery of life-saving assistance, especially for the winterisation support in early 2017. Ukraine’s operating context presents a unique opportunity to link humanitarian actions described in the HRP, with recovery and development initiatives, to ensure seamless transition and long-lasting outcome, particularly in restoring livelihood, which is another critical area of need, and durable solutions.
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