The conflict in eastern Ukraine is in its fifth year with no end in sight. Although media attention has shifted and the conflict no longer features in the headlines, there are daily clashes with victims on both sides of the “line of contact”, with civilians bearing the brunt.
With over 10 000 people killed, 25 000 injured, and 1.3 million internally displaced people, the conflict in Ukraine is now Europe’s bloodiest conflict since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. The EU and its member states are a leading humanitarian donor providing over €677 million in humanitarian and early recovery assistance since 2014.
The EU's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Regional Information Officer Mathias Eick travelled to eastern Ukraine to visit EU funded humanitarian projects.
Story by Mathias Eick, Regional Information Officer, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.