As a result of a long military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, more than 1.5 million Ukrainians have appeared to be on the verge of starvation. Among them, 300 thousand people are experiencing severe food shortages and need urgent assistance, according to the data published on the UN website citing the World Food Program (WFP).
Under the Program 270,000 people among the most vulnerable categories of the population are to be provided monthly help in the first half of this year.
- Two years of violence, shelling and living in fear have left an indelible mark on the lives of thousands of people in the Eastern Ukraine. The conflict is still going on, and we must do everything to provide help to these people as soon as possible, said the WFP representative in Ukraine Giancarlo Stopponi.
He also urged all parties "to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need of food aid."
The most serious food shortages are experienced by residents of Luhansk region and other settlements along the conflict line, which are temporarily beyond Ukraine’s control.