Situational overview: With little change in the conflict situation, the number of displaced remains constant with continued movements in and out of the conflict area. There is concern for mines and unexploded ordnance contamination of agricultural land as the planting season begins. The Government has renewed the provision of benefits to IDPs for a further 6 months.
Protection concerns: Lack of access to the final high school examination, the External Independent Examination, by up to 7,000 students in non-government controlled areas has been reported by several humanitarian agencies as a priority issue with the potential to trigger further displacement.
Legislation update: On 25 March a law “On amending certain Laws of Ukraine to strengthen social protection of IDPs” came into force. The law includes various measures to improve employment opportunities for unemployed IDPs.
Assistance provided: Since 21 March, UNHCR provided non-food aid to 1,450 people in government controlled areas. UNHCR though operational partner People in Need also delivered emergency shelter in the form of plastic sheeting to nearly 1,000 households in areas still experiencing shelling.