Ukraine could again slip into cycle of calm giving way to savage fighting – senior UN rights official

A senior United Nations human rights official warned today that the fighting in Ukraine, which has recently decreased, could erupt again with a massive civilian toll in a conflict that has already left over 9,000 people dead and nearly 21,000 injured over the past two years.

Despite less fighting, eastern Ukraine still ‘highly flammable,’ UN reports, as death toll tops 9,000

Despite a significant reduction in hostilities in eastern Ukraine in the last few months in a conflict that has already left over 9,000 people dead and nearly 21,000 injured, serious human rights concerns persist, including killings, torture and impunity, the United Nations reported today.

Desperate farm families in eastern Ukraine forced into ‘difficult choices’ to survive – UN agency

The absence of financial, physical, social and human resources has left some 700,000 farm households extremely vulnerable in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, the results of a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) household survey revealed today, and also warned of food insecurity among those families due to “skyrocketing” commodity prices.

Ukraine: UN humanitarian agencies step up aid deliveries as bitter winter takes hold

United Nations agencies are stepping up aid deliveries to non-Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine where more than 100,000 people, cut off from assistance for months, are now facing added hardship with the approach of the bitter east European winter.

UN agency and partners distribute food to 7,000 vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the start of food distribution to about 7,000 hospital patients and school children in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine: as winter closes in, UN warns 700,000 children at risk due to severely damaged heating systems

About 700,000 children in Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine are in danger of the potential failure of the heating systems during the winter months, said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today adding that conflict in the region has heavily damaged the interlinked water, heating and electricity service.

UN refugee agency delivers aid to eastern Ukraine for first time in months

The United Nations refugee agency has managed to deliver aid for the first time in over two months to areas of eastern Ukraine beyond Government control where two million people are in urgent need of assistance, reaching 12,000 people – a “small drop in the ocean of needs” – with plans to expand greatly as the harsh winter sets in.

Humanitarian aid to Ukraine “has to trump everything”

Humanitarian aid to civilians in eastern Ukraine “has to trump everything” said the UN humanitarian chief after visiting the area.

Stephen O’Brien, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said he had had helpful discussions with Russian officials to prioritize aid.

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Ukraine: UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent, sustained access to vulnerable communities in east

Wrapping up a three-day visit to Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian chief is calling for sustained and unimpeded access to the vulnerable communities caught in the middle of the crisis and who urgently need humanitarian aid.

UN agency reaches Donetsk after months of restricted humanitarian access

The World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that after a three-month suspension, it has restarted humanitarian activities in the non-Government-controlled area of Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine.