In 2021, the OCHA estimated that 3.4 million people in the ‘conflict-affected areas” were in need of humanitarian assistance – representing 8 percent of the total Ukraine population.
Although this is a significant reduction from the 2015 figure of 5 million, the crisis is far from over. With the growing threat of a Russian invasion, there is a risk of it turning into a flat-out catastrophe.
Russia continues to deny it is planning an invasion, but has been very clear in voicing the Kremlin’s outright opposition to a further eastward expansion of NATO – something which the organization has refused to rule out, and with the Ukraine openly aspiring to membership of the alliance.
Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to resolve the crisis. In the meantime, the OCHA’s humanitarian partners “aim to assist 1.8 million people (in 2022), with a funding requirement of $190 million”, focusing on “saving lives, ensuring access to basic services, and strengthening the protection of those affected by the conflict and Covid-19.”