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The conflict in Ukraine has been on-going since spring 2014, which saw the self-proclamation of two autonomous republics in the eastern Donbass region. The conflict has led to a de-facto partition of Ukraine and the internal displacement of at least 730,000 people, while 1 million people have fled Ukraine entirely. It is estimated that a full 5.2 million people are affected by the conflict, and 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Despite numerous ceasefire agreements, civilians are regularly exposed to active hostilities, particularly along the 427-kilometre ‘contact line’ that divides the Government Controlled Areas (GCA) from the Non-Government-Controlled Areas (NGCA). Civilians living along the contact line continue to face damaged homes and civilian infrastructure, disrupted access to critical services, and risks from landmines and explosives.
Beyond the above, this division creates enormous hardships for civilians trying to meet basic needs and maintain family connections across the contact line. There are more than a million crossings made every month between the GCA and NGCA, through only five chronically congested checkpoints. The protracted nature of the crisis has also severely diminished the ability of area residents to earn a living, and stretched coping abilities to breaking point.
DRC-DDG re-opened its operations in Ukraine in November 2014 to respond to the growing humanitarian needs in the country. DRC previously operated in Ukraine in 1998-2000 and 2007-2013, focusing on the resettlement of Tartars returning to Crimea from Central Asia, and on developing the capacities of Ukrainian asylum authorities and civil society working with child refugees.
DRC’s programming in Ukraine takes a multi-sectoral approach, seeking to maximize positive impacts for beneficiaries by offering an integrated range of programming that addresses a variety of individual needs.
Livelihoods business grant recipients benefit from individual legal counselling and analysis, but also broader DRC advocacy designed to promote a favourable environment for small businesses, IDP employees/employers, and conflict-affected value chains.
In communities where mine clearance operations are taking place, residents benefit from a synchronized intervention program where they receive agro-pastoral business support from DRC’s livelihoods programme and critical and social infrastructure support from DRC’s protection team.
DRC also supports national authorities in building their capacity to respond to the needs of IDPs and conflict-affected persons. In part thanks to DRC’s previous work in Ukraine, we have well-developed and close working relationships with local authorities at all levels, as well as with other NGOs present on the ground.