Violence broke out in Ukraine in February 2014 and, despite two ceasefires agreed in September 2014 and February 2015, the conflict continues. As of March 2015, the crisis has resulted in more than 5,500 conflict-related deaths and over 1 million internally displaced people.
Ukraine saw a significant rise in humanitarian assistance following the flash appeal launch in August 2014, and the 2015 Strategic Response Plan launch in November the same year. Of the US$104 million contributed by donors, 87% has been disbursed since September 2014, with a peak in December of US$36 million. In the region, six Eastern European countries have contributed US$4 million to the crisis, with Poland committing more than 50% of this amount.
Pledges recorded by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), but which have not yet been disbursed, amount to US$45 million; in addition, Lithuania, Japan, UK and the US have all pledged further humanitarian and development support in February 2015.