13:45 Apr. 28, 2016
UN mission publishes key facts about ‘forgotten war' in Ukraine
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.
United Nations in Ukraine highlights 10 key things about ongoing war in eastern Ukraine:
1. A PROTRACTED CRISIS – The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to be a full-blown, protracted humanitarian emergency. While humanitarian aid is still needed in certain places, other needs have changed over two years of conflict. Relief, recovery and development intervention need to take place – urgently – at the same time. According to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the Government is the primary responsible for all its citizens, wherever they are located within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. De facto authorities in Luhansk and Donetsk also bear responsibilities, according to IHL.
2. DEAD AND INJURED – Lives continue to be lost on daily basis. Since the conflict started two years ago, fighting has never ceased completely. Shelling and clashes increased in recent weeks and months. More than 9,200 people have been killed to date, among them some 2,000 civilians. More than 21,000 people have been injured. Many more are traumatised
3. PEOPLE IN NEED – Two years into the conflict, 3.1 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, making this one of the 10 biggest humanitarian crises worldwide. People need protection, shelter, food, access to safe water, health care, markets and education, among others. In 2016, the humanitarian community – including national and international partners – will continue to strive to assist 2.5 million among the most vulnerable: the elderly, the children, women-headed households, and people with disabilities. Most of the people in need live in areas beyond Government control or along the ‘contact line'
4. HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE – To address the most pressing needs of people affected by the crisis in Ukraine, the humanitarian community requested US$ 298 million from donors to support the projects of 147 partner organisations, the large majority of which are national NGOs. In 2016, humanitarian partners strive to supply more than 500,000 of the most vulnerable people with food assistance, ensure water supply and sanitation services for 1.7 million people and provide shelter for 300,000 people.
More than 2.5 million people need protection, including full and non-discriminatory access to quality essential services and enjoyment of their rights. This is particularly true for those living in non-Government controlled areas.