17.6 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than a third in extremely difficult conditions

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17.6 million Ukrainians need humanitarian aid, more than a third — in extremely difficult conditions

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The war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine caused numerous deaths, destruction of civilian infrastructure, internal and external migration and human suffering.

As of 2023, at least 17, 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

This is stated in the report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Fighting continues in eastern and southern Ukraine, the front line is constantly shifting, and many areas are becoming accessible to humanitarian organizations. Also, the humanitarian crisis is exacerbated by attacks on energy infrastructure.

Millions of Ukrainians have survived the fierce fighting , and those who live in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions have been without proper access to food, water, health care and psychological assistance, education for eight years already.

The massive shelling by the Russians of critical and housing infrastructure led to the fact that people were left without housing and livelihoods. Many live in damaged houses that are no longer suitable for winter habitation.

About 6.3 million internally displaced persons, 4.4 million returnees and 6.9 million people who are throughout the war they stayed at home.

Among the above people: 45% – women, 23% – children, 15% of people have special needs.

27% of the needs are catastrophic, 8% of people have an emergency level of needs, 52% — severe.

According to the UN, internally displaced persons are the most vulnerable, including those in centers of compact living. Many of these centers are not adequately equipped to meet the needs of long-term living — in need of modernization of heating, repairs, bathrooms, etc.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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