The anxious reality: Life in Ukraine's conflict zone - EurActiv

10:28 Oct. 7, 2016

Life in Ukraine's conflict zone - EurActiv

People boil water near an entrance to a bomb shelter where they hide from shelling, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine (AP Photo

Residents of frontline villages still lack drinking water, have problems with electricity and heating 

The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine is severe and requires an urgent solution. No drinkable water, a lack of access to coal for heating and uncertain electricity supplies are part of everyday life for Ukrainians in the conflict zone, writes Mark Demesmaeker - a Belgian MEP with the European Conservatives and Reformists group.

The ongoing threat and involvement from Russia in the Eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk are still a fact. The EU and several international organisations are aware of the deteriorating situation in the conflict zone, yet despite the intention to help, the humanitarian relief policy in Ukraine is extremely bureaucratic.

There is a need for safer access and delivery of aid supplies in order to make the process more efficient.

Read also Water supply for 600,000 people under threat in eastern Ukraine

The war between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist insurgents in the Donbass region of Ukraine, which began in April 2014, has caused grave humanitarian problems.

The EU and several international organisations have taken note of the situation in the suffering conflict areas and offered their help. However, barriers and slow procedures prevent an efficient delivery of aid. Huge queues at border checkpoints, car inspections and attacks on humanitarian suppliers coming under fire are amongst the worst of the reports.

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