Food parcels that were sealed in warehouse in Donetsk NGCA, were transferred to WFP-cooperating partner Donbass Development Centre (DDC) and will be distributed in the coming months (June-July).
WFP is in critical need of funding support (USD 16 m) in order to continue providing assistance to the most food insecure population in eastern Ukraine and implement Food-for-Assets and Food-for-Training activities, scheduled to start during the second quarter of 2017.
In March, the de facto authorities imposed ‘external control’ over all Ukrainian business entities located in non-government-controlled areas (NGCAs) of eastern Ukraine, including the electricity company, DTEK. The exceptions were the public utility company, Voda Donbassa, the largest water company in eastern Ukraine and the telecommunication company, MTS. In response to this, the Government of Ukraine enacted a ‘State of Emergency’ in the Energy sector through an executive order and, soon after, a ban on all trade has come to an effect across the so-called ‘contact line’ that separates government-controlled areas (GCAs) from NGCAs.
Although the measures did not have an immediate impact on UN operations on both sides of the ‘contact line’ - humanitarian convoys are normally exempt from the measures - such developments were widely considered and expected to have resulted in a ‘freezing of the conflict’. Notwithstanding the flare-ups of hostilities, including shelling of critical civilian infrastructure that resulted in the recurring interruption of water services, the intensity of hostilities was on a lower scale compared to the previous two months.
The largest food assistance operation, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation (RAF), has been banned from NGCA. RAF has provided food assistance to approximately 500,000 people in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of conflict in 2014.