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Ukraine: 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview Summary [EN/UA/RU]

An estimated 5.2 million people bear the brunt of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine that has continued for almost five years. Some 3.5 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection due to widespread mine contamination, escalating psychological trauma and degrading impact of the lack of access to basic services. Most people in need live in the conflict-affected oblasts of Donetska and Luhanska divided by the 427-kilometre-long ‘contact line’. Over 3,300 civilians have been killed and another 9,000 injured. Freezing temperatures during Ukraine’s harsh winter further exacerbate the humanitarian situation, along with restrictions on and unpredictability of humanitarian access as well as diminishing or limited livelihood opportunities. Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately affected and increasingly prone to abuse, exploitation and neglect. This difficult situation forces people to make impossible choices to meet their basic needs at the expense of their dignity and future.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
31 Jan 2019
Document type: 
Humanitarian Programme Cycle