• Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least 1,543 and wounded 4,396 since midApril up to 7 August1 , while an estimated 6,200 persons fled their homes last week.
• A sharp rise in displaced from Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
• Since 5 July, an estimated 24,000 IDPs returned to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk after Government regained control over the area.
• Human rights situation aggravates with abductions, detentions, torture and intimidation affecting population trapped in conflict areas.
• Shelling and fighting cause significant damages to life-supporting infrastructure.
• Government and humanitarian community scale up preparedness and response as joint needs assessment mission to Mariupol takes place on 8 August.
• Civil society and non-governmental organizations continue providing food and non-food items to IDPs settled across the country, though resources are restraint due to lack of external humanitarian funding.
139,170 internally displaced Source: UNHCR
188,216 led to Russia (January 2014 to date)
As shelling and fighting intensify in eastern Ukraine, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. As of 4 August, an estimated 117,910 people are displaced within Ukraine.
At the same time, as of 1 August, 168,677 people have crossed the Russian border in search of safety.
The number of people displaced from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions has risen sharply since early June from 2,600 to 102,600 early August. IDPs from eastern Ukraine now make up 87 percent of total displaced population in Ukraine; those from Crimea total at around 15,200 people.
The week in review witnessed a mixed picture of displacement with a significant increase of people fleeing violence around Donetsk, Horlivka, and Luhansk. Simultaneously, areas retaken under control of the Ukrainian Government only few weeks ago continue to observe substantial numbers of returnees. According to local authorities, an estimate of 4,000 persons have reportedly returned from Kharkiv to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk over the last week. Since 5 July, some 20,000 people have reportedly returned to Sloviansk.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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