In April 2014, conflict between armed groups and government forces broke out in eastern Ukraine and continue to this day. The humanitarian needs persist. It has affected over 4.4 million people, out of which 3.8 million are in need of humanitarian assistance (UN-coordinated Humanitarian Response Plan 2017), 1.58 million people are internally displaced and an estimated 1.4 million people have fled to neighbouring countries (UNHCR, August 2017).
Being one of the largest humanitarian donors to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department has provided over €88.1 million in emergency assistance. Mines and unexploded ordinances are a consequence of conflict and pose a risk to the civilian population. The EU funds training programmes which allow qualified de-miners to clear civilian areas of this threat in eastern Ukraine.
Story by Begum Iman, Information and Communications Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid