Ukraine: UNHCR Operational Update, 01 - 30 November 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 15 Dec 2017 View Original

Situational overview: The security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated in the latter half of November, with more than 14,000 ceasefire violations recorded.

Protection concerns: Winter conditions are exacerbating the protection situation; UNHCR launched its winter assistance plan to meet the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs.

Assistance provided: In November, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 3,100 people.

KEY INDICATORS

51,840
people reached through NFI assistance from UNHCR and partners in 2017.
31,080
IDPs and people at risk of displacement received legal assistance from UNHCR partners since January 2017.
2,650
households in eastern Ukraine received UNHCR shelter assistance in 2017.

FUNDING (AS OF 12 DECEMBER)
USD 37.6 M
requested for the Ukraine situation

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDP)* AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED PERSONS**
1.8 million
ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM UKRAINE***

Update on Achievements

Operational Context

The security situation in the Eastern Conflict Area (ECA) has been marked by increased ceasefire violations in the latter half of November. On 3 and 4 November, Donetsk Filter Station was again targeted by shelling. The filter station processes water for some 345,000 people on both sides of the line of contact. Following the shelling, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator issued a statement on the humanitarian impact of hostilities in eastern Ukraine noting that damage to critical infrastructure could lead to further displacement. OHCHR reports 544 conflict-related civilian casualties: 98 killed and 446 injured in 2017 as of mid-November, a 3.6 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016. The presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW) or landmines in areas near the line of contact continues to cause civilian casualties. In November, the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) recorded some 1,069,500 crossings of the line of contact. UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Snapshot provides an overview of the humanitarian situation.