Ukraine Situation report No. 7 as of 15 August 2014
• At least 2,119 (including at least 20 children) killed and 5,043 (including at least 30 children) wounded in east Ukraine as of 13 August; on average, at least 60 persons a day have been killed or wounded since mid-April1
• Continuing shelling in Donetsk and Luhansk increases number of displaced.
• More than 22,000 people have fled Donetsk and Luhansk in the last five days compared to 6,200 in the week of 1 to 8 August).
• Humanitarian needs continue to increase. At least 200,000 people living in Luhansk have been deprived of electricity, water and communication for more than 10 days.
• More than five tons of non-food items, medical and education supplies donated by UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNHCR supplies reached IDP collective centres in Yalta and Mariupol.
• Around 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid containing food and non-food items head to eastern Ukraine from Moscow.
• Donor, Government and the humanitarian community joined efforts to launch resource mobilization strategy for Preliminary Response Plan and UN Funding Requirement.
• Lack of centralized IDP registration process continues to hinder humanitarian response.
The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine continues to deteriorate. Fighting and shelling in Donetsk and Luhansk continues to trigger more displacement. As of 13 August, the number of displaced increased to 155,800 while more than 188,000 people have fled eastern Ukraine to seek refuge in Russian Federation.
Shelling continues to present challenges accessing some parts of Donetsk oblast and major part of Luhansk oblast. Reports indicate there is a sharp rise of basic life supporting services such as water, electricity and health in areas of ongoing shelling. At the same time, humanitarian needs of displaced people in and around Donbas region rise.
On 8 August, the Government of Ukraine and a number of UN agencies conducted initial assessment of humanitarian needs of displaced people in Yalta and Mariupol. Assessment concluded that water and sanitation as well as health related issues need quick attention in comparison to their NFI and shelter needs. To address existing humanitarian needs UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNHCR delivered more than five tons of relief aid consisting of nonfood and medical items.
International actors, civil society, local government and charity organizations continue providing basic life supporting assistance to displaced. Despite continuing efforts of Government and Humanitarian community, needs of the affected and displaced continue to rise. In-country resources begin to vanish.
The beginning of the school year (1 September) presents additional challenges as most IDPs live in student dormitories and boarding schools. The humanitarian community, Education and Shelter/NFI sectors are engaged in discussions with relevant government authorities and donors to develop and implement strategies that enables continuous education for IDPs and host community schoolchildren as well as children still living in conflict areas.
On 14 August, the Government and donor/humanitarian community launched the Preliminary Response Plan and the UN basic Funding Requirement (which amounts to 33,3 mln USD). Negotiations began with stakeholders on developing and implementing resource mobilization for humanitarian response.
On 12 August, Russian Federation sent more than 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of food and non-food items. The aid is sent in collaboration with the ICRC and is expected to reach Donbas region on August 16. According to Russian government more than 290 heavy trucks are addressed to cover the basic needs of the affected people in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.