WFP and the crisis in Ukraine
In Ukraine, the war continues and the country sees growing constantly the number of victims and people forced to leave their homes. Millions of people need aid and humanitarian assistance. Conflict has caused more than 1 million displaced. Many remain in the areas affected by the fighting, which have damaged homes and infrastructure and basic services have collapsed. Most of the displaced are from eastern Ukraine and remained in the regions of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kiev. The international community is deeply concerned because the situation is worsening considerably. The United Nations is increasing its assistance in areas of difficult access and other areas already served. Also the Union European Union has stepped up its humanitarian assistance to the communities who live this drama.
Due to the continuation of bombing, the people have limited access to food, water and other basic necessities. The major concern of the United Nations are the internally displaced persons, at the mercy of the kidnappings and the absence of the state.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is increasing emergency operations to civilians affected by the conflict: is distributing food in transit centers and in public shelters in Donetsk and Lugansk in East Ukraine and is using cash transfers and vouchers to meet the most urgent food needs. Currently with this program, WFP is assisting 140,000 people giving priority to the most vulnerable.