Kyiv, Ukraine (19 February 2018) – In 2018, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations system in Ukraine will continue partnership in addressing humanitarian needs and support recovery in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine. USD 3.6 million of assistance provided by the Government of Japan will be used to address humanitarian needs, support vulnerable groups of population and recovery of eastern regions in Ukraine, through implementation of seven projects by six UN system organizations.
Measles continues to spread in Ukraine, with new cases now being reported in all oblasts and Kyiv. These cases are the latest in an expanding outbreak that affected over 3 000 people and claimed the lives of 5 children and adults in 2017.
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.
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:
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
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.
Kharkiv, 9 July 2015 - United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine (UNFPA) on request of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, delivered a truck of humanitarian aid to Kharkiv regional perinatal center - UNFPA RH Kits for provision of obstetrics-gynecology care for women among the internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups of women.
"Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts” project, funded by the Government of Japan, was launched in Sloviansk central rayon hospital in Mykolaivka. To mark the start of the work representatives of the Project visited the city. Together with the doctors, they planted the symbolic "Garden of Peace."
This Humanitarian Response Plan has been revised in response to the intensification of the conflict and subsequent deterioration of the humanitarian situation. The Humanitarian Country Team conducted a 'light revision‘' of the plan including a prioritization of life-saving activities and revision of financial requirements. While the substance of the plan remains largely the same, and the scenarios remain valid, the number of people targeted has increased to 3.2 million.
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2015 – The United Nations delivered 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk today. This includes essential hygiene items, warm clothes, blankets, condensed milk powder, drinking water, and medical supplies procured by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
PERIOD January – December 2015
189 million USD requested
1.4 million Estimated number of people in need of humanitarian assistance (total population of Ukraine: 45m)
900,000 People targeted for aid in this plan
508,000 Internally displaced from eastern Ukraine and Crimea
In April 2014, armed groups in the Donbas region (Donetsk and Luhansk) of eastern Ukraine began to seize buildings and arms. The Government responded by launching an operation against the armed groups. As a result of on-going fighting between armed groups and government forces, as well as the events, which unfolded in March in Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC), people have been forced to flee their homes and region or have become increasingly vulnerable as the conflict intensified and spread.
The UN in Ukraine launched the humanitarian situation monitoring process to inform planning for immediate response and for adequate preparedness measures in case of further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. The joint assessment was conducted in two phases, applying a multi-sectorial key informant assessment methodology and covering the regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Zaporizhia.
Security and Access .....................4
Humanitarian Needs .....................5
Response and Gaps .....................6
Food Security and Livelihoods .....8
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene...12