The two-year long conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 1.5 million people hungry, including almost 300,000 people who are severely food insecure and in need of immediate food assistance, the United Nations food relief agency said today.
People living in the non-government controlled area of Luhansk and near the conflict line are the most affected by food insecurity: over half of the population, in both the government-controlled area and non-government controlled area, experienced a complete loss or a significant reduction of income. The World Food Program (WFP) aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance over the first half of this year.
Since November 2014, WFP has distributed emergency assistance to over half a million people in need, including 370,000 people who received monthly food packages and 180,000 people who received assistance through cash-based transfers in areas where markets are still functioning.
The conflict in Donbas started two years ago. More than 9,000 have been killed since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation.