OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
Millions of people are continuing to suffer unnecessarily in eastern Ukraine due to the entrenched political impasse and the ongoing armed conflict. Despite many attempts at a ceasefire, hostilities continue with almost daily shelling, frequent localized clashes, and rapidly escalating mine and unexploded ordnance contamination. Given the restrictions on access, just under a million crossings of the ‘contact line’ occur each month, with people forced to wait for many hours in long lines with minimal services.
KYIV, 1 December – The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Mr. Neal Walker, together with the Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, Mr. Vadym Chernysh presents the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine.
Today, the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine continues to take a heavy human toll on more than 4.4 million Ukrainians. As Ukraine enters its’ fourth winter of conflict, some 3.4 million people require protection, heat, shelter, water, food, and access to health care, education or psycho-social support.
Government of Ukraine and United Nations signed the Partnership Framework for 2018-2022
30 November 2017, Kyiv – United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Neal Walker and First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv signed the Government of Ukraine – United Nations Partnership Framework for 2018-2022.
On 28 November, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM launched theUN Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index for Eastern Ukraine (USE), which is available here: http://use.scoreforpeace.org
Kyiv, Ukraine (31 March 2017) – In 2017, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will undertake joint efforts to conduct recovery and peace-building activities in order to support people living in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Six projects are funded by the Government of Japan totalling USD 3.90 million.
Kyiv, 10 December 2016. The UN launched the awareness raising campaign in Ukraine to mark the International Human Rights Day. The campaign features Ukrainian celebrities and opinion leaders appealing to learn about fundamental rights and stand up for the rights of others.
Ukraine (26 May 2016) – In 2016, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will undertake joint efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, and more medium to long-term recovery assistance to people living in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Nine projects are funded by the Government of Japan totalling USD 13.64 million.
April 2016 As the armed conflict in Ukraine enters its third year, it has disappeared from global media front-pages. However, the human suffering in Ukraine is real and the protracted crisis continues to trigger new humanitarian needs every day. Here are 10 things you need to know:
12 April 2016 - The United Nations is deeply concerned about the fact that one of its staff members is being held captive in Donetsk. Information available is that the staff is well treated.
The UN has mobilized all channels to ensure his immediate and unconditional release.
The UN appeals to all parties, including the media, to respect the staff member and his family in this sensitive phase of the discussion around his release.
Kyiv, 17 February 2015 - The Humanitarian Country Team, together with the Government of Ukraine, appealed today to the donors to generously contribute to the Humanitarian Response Plan 2016 requirements of US$ 298 million.
OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
Two years into the conflict, affected women, girls, boys and men of all ages are struggling to cope. The cumulative impact of psychological trauma, the disruption to education, the daily risk of injury due to insecurity, landmines or other explosive remnants of war, inadequate shelter, inability to work, and limitations of freedom of movement all result in a high level of humanitarian and protection needs.
Ongoing conflict fuels needs
KYIV, 5 February 2016 - The United Nations has concluded a humanitarian mine action needs assessment mission which had started on 23 January.
The inter-agency technical mission engaged with several national and international counterparts, including line Ministries and demining services, international and local non-governmental organizations and technical experts already deployed in Ukraine. It also carried out field visits in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
KYIV, 3 February 2016 – Humanitarian organisations in Ukraine are concerned about thousands of civilians facing difficulties every day in crossing the ‘contact line’. These are Ukrainian citizens – mostly elderly and vulnerable – who queue for hours, in the cold, to access medicines and food, to receive their savings and pensions, and to see their relatives. Restrictions are also placed upon people living in areas under government control close to the frontline.
KYIV, 25 January 2016 - As a result of the conflict in eastern parts of Ukraine, civilians have suffered significantly. Loss of life and injuries resulting from mines and explosive munitions has risen among the civilian population. There is a clear need for increased humanitarian mine action to ensure safe living conditions for inhabitants of the conflict-affected areas, as well as safe and secure delivery of humanitarian assistance.
KYIV, 14 December 2015 – The United Nations delivered 634metric tons of humanitarian aid to Luhansk today. Led by the Logistics Cluster, the convoy includes food, medicines and trauma kits, antiretroviral treatment and test systems procured by the United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
On 23 October, with winter looming, the United Nations resumed humanitarian operations in areas in Luhansk beyond government control, after three months of suspension. “We are working with all parties to speed dispatch and distribution of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable civilians living in areas of Luhansk beyond Government control. Time is critically short.