Ukraine and Russia: Humanitarian Assistance to IDPs and Refugees

As a result of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in Ukraine. The number of displaced people continues to increase. By 04 July, 2016, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine (MoSP) had registered 1,790,267 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine and 3.1 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. As of 20th June 2016, the UNHCR reported 1,389,452 Ukrainians are seeking – or already received – asylum or refuge in other countries. Out of these – 1,092,212 are in Russia and 139,143 in Belarus. Others are in Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. As a consequence people who reside along contact line have difficulty accessing basic necessities like food, clean water, medicines, medical services and other basic services. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2014 at least 9,449 people have been killed and another 21,843 have been wounded.


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