More than 10,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and pro-Russian separatists gained control of Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Approximately 1.8 million people are internally displaced or have fled the region as refugees.
The humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine remains critical. The hostilities picked up again on both sides of the ‘contact line’ after a relative lull in January, while harsh weather conditions, with temperatures plummeting to below -20 Celsius over the last week of February further deepened people’s suffering. Disruption of critical water and power supply infrastructure due to heavy snow or indiscriminate shelling meant that at least 70 settlements on both sides of the ‘contact line’ remained without heat or water, sometimes for days.
Protection and wellbeing of civilians remain a major concern, due to daily shelling and heightened risk of mines, Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) explosion. OHCHR recorded 5 civilians killed and 20 injured in the first two months of 2018.
Humanitarian Response (extensive coverage)
UKRAINE: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 16 March 2018)
Ukraine: Humanitarian Bulletin
OCHA | Issue 23 | 1 November - 31 December 2017
UKRAINE: CHECKPOINTS - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 14 March 2018)
Conflict in Ukraine
CFR Council on Foreign Relations (full coverage)
Ukraine: Events of 2017
Human Rights Watch (full coverage)
WFP World Food Programme
Ukraine: UN calls for protection of civilians after attacks on water facility workers
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UN News | 1 March 2018
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Ukraine: Everything you need to know about how we got here
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UN News | 12 December 2017
On the frontline of Europe’s forgotten war in Ukraine
Julian Coman | The Guardian | 12 Nov 2017
Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict
Sam Ellis | Vox (includes video) | Feb 8, 2018
How Ukraine became a strain on U.S.-Russia relations
PBS NewsHour | Jan 13, 2018
Why Russia is invading Ukraine, explained in 2 minutes
Vox (YouTube video) | Sep 2, 2014
Body collectors of eastern Ukraine - BBC News
BBC News | Jul 31, 2015
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