This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 16 June to 3 July 2014, unless otherwise noted.
• Localized fighting persist in the east of Ukraine
• Humanitarian needs, although limited in scope, are growing
• The numbers of displaced within and from the affected areas are on the rise
• Outcomes of the joint inter-agency needs assessment provide new insights into the needs in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
59,600 internally displaced
Ongoing localized military operations between Government forces and armed groups in the east of Ukraine (Donbas region) continue to result in displacement, degradation of law and order, and a deterioration of the humanitarian situation. The one week cease fire declared by Ukraine's Government on 20 June, while interrupted by several incidents, expired on 30 June 2014.
The humanitarian situation in the region remains of concern. The ongoing fighting has caused disruption in water and power supplies, and has led to limited access to education and health services in some localities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The insecurity, which is heavily affecting the ability of movement in some areas, is particularly problematic for vulnerable population relying on remote assistance (e.g. elderly, disabled).
Humanitarian needs in the affected areas continue to increase, though still largely met by local authorities, communities, civil society actors, and few international humanitarian actors that have operational presence. The growing needs are putting an increasing burden on the local and mostly voluntary-based response.
The Government continues to provide most basic administrative services, including cash transfers, though few cities such as Kramatorsk and Sloviansk have been cut off from cash transfers for extended periods of time. Due to high dependency on governmental social transfers, the vulnerability level of the people that remain in the areas affected by unrest is high.
Some 59,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have registered for some form of assistance with Government or local NGOs (as of 1 July). The numbers are likely to be higher due to the lack of a centralized system of registration. Since January 2014, some 110,000 Ukrainians moved to Russia as a result of the unrest.
While the humanitarian community is scaling up its preparedness activities, advocacy and limited response, the situation does not yet require a wide-scale humanitarian response. The humanitarian community, together with the Government of Ukraine, is looking to identify triggers that will determine the scale of its involvement in humanitarian response.
To contribute to this process, UN agencies are leading a joint inter-agency needs assessment in Donetsk and the provinces most heavily impacted by displacement. The outcomes of the first phase of phone interviews indicated a deterioration in the situation. The joint assessment’s second phase is taking place in Donetsk and Luhansk (priority 1 area) and in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrivk, Zaporizhzhya (priority 2 area) with results expected by mid-July.
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