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The conflict in eastern Ukraine has affected an estimated 5.2 million people, among whom 3.5 million require humanitarian assistance and protection. Most people in need live in the conflict-affected Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Food insecurity remains the same as in the year 2018, with 1.1 million people at risk. These impacts are further heightened by Ukraine’s extremely harsh winters, severe restrictions on humanitarian access and limited livelihood opportunities.
As the conflict in the east of the Ukraine enters its sixth year, some 5.2 million people are affected, and 1.3 million are displaced within the country
IOM Needs US$54.5 Million to bring emergency assistance to 3.5 million people.
Portraits of resiliance in the midst of the bitter Ukrainian Winter, five years into the conflict into the east of the country
Kyiv — This year the conflict in eastern Ukraine, largely forgotten by the international media, will mark its fifth anniversary. IOM and other humanitarian agencies working in the country estimate that 3.5 million people in Ukraine still need assistance. The number has risen slightly in the past year, due to the impact of landmines and the mental and psychological scars of the drawn-out conflict.
February 2015. In the midst of the cruel Ukrainian winter a family sits in a car in the southern city of Mariupol, shaking with fear and relief. Ten kilometres away, their home is smoke, dust and rubble.
July 2018. “Our village was heavily shelled”, recalls Natalia. “We were hiding in our basement, when our house was destroyed. We had only two and a half minutes to escape while they were reloading. Thank God our car was not damaged. We drove, and shells were falling behind us”.