: About 1.5 million people face threat of hunger in Ukraine's Donbas region – UN

11:45 Apr. 5, 2016

About 1.5 million people face threat of hunger in Ukraine's Donbas region – UN

Natalya Palchenko with her grandson carries humanitarian aid distribution by EU humanitarian program as Ukrainian soldier guard the area in Semonovka, Eastern Ukraine, March 17, 2016 (AP)

People living near the conflict line are the most affected by food insecurity, according to the organization's report

The two-year long conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 1.5 million people hungry, including almost 300,000 people who are severely food insecure and in need of immediate food assistance, The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says in its new report.

"Two years of violence, shelling and fear have left an indelible mark on thousands of people in eastern Ukraine," said WFP Representative in Ukraine Giancarlo Stopponi.

"As the conflict continues, we need to reach these people urgently. We appeal to all parties of the conflict to facilitate full and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need across the country," Stopponi added.

Watch also Violence in eastern Ukraine affects more than 500,000 children: UNICEF

WFP was not present in Ukraine before the crisis had started, but today the organization aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance.

Since November 2014, WFP has distributed emergency assistance to over half a million people in need. This includes 370,000 people who received monthly food packages and 180,000 people who received assistance through cash-based transfers in areas where markets are still functioning.

As of the first quarter of 2016, Ukraine known as a regional "breadbasket", was the only European country to require and receive assistance from the World Food Programme.

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