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Ukraine: Ukraine Humanitarian 2019 Situation Report No. 2, February 2019

Source: UN Children s Fund Country: Ukraine
Situation Overview Humanitarian Needs On 31 January, the 2019 Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan was launched in Kiev jointly with the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories (MTOT), requesting US$162 million to provide aid to 2.3 million people affected by the conflict. This includes UNICEF’s requirement of $21,067,799. During the month of February, two Member States briefings were organized – one in New York and the other one in Brussels. On the day of the Member States briefing in New York (12.02.2019), at the initiative of the Russian Government, the Security Council called for a meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, briefed the Council on the humanitarian situation and its consequences on civilian population, with a special mention on the targeting of water infrastructure and water workers, as well as mine-related issues. She also informed the Council members about the earlier launch of the multiyear HRP. Senior United Nations and other officials attending the briefing urged all parties to the conflict to uphold their commitments to the ceasefire and 2015 Minsk agreements as the only agreed framework for a negotiated peace in eastern Ukraine. On the ground, winter conditions continued to exacerbate the situation of the affected population, increasing the needs for shelter protection and winterization support for communities along both sides of the contact line. Difficult conditions were further observed at crossing points, with civilians standing long hours in freezing temperatures. The OSCE reported that two civilians were killed and one injured when their vehicle hit an explosive device (probably an anti-tank mine) on the soft ground of a median strip between the road lanes while crossing the contact line near Olenivka. Recurrent ceasefire violations continued to threaten the well-being of the more than 400,000 boys and girls living within 20 kilometers of each side of the contact line and in the non-government-controlled area (NGCA), many of whom continue to suffer the risk of exposure to gunfire and shelling, ongoing disruption of health, electricity and water services and related psycho-social stress. The targeting of water infrastructure and water personnel continued with three separate incidents reported including shelling and small arms fire affecting filter and pumping stations and water conduits. In close collaboration and partnership with civil society partners, UNICEF continues to reach people in need, especially the most vulnerable families living on both sides of the line of contact, with a package of interventions focusing on Education, Health Nutrition, Child Protection and WASH.


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