UN: Ukraine ranked ninth in the world by number of internally displaced persons
More than 1.3 million people are now internally displaced in Ukraine, meaning it has the ninth largest internally displaced population in the world, according to new figures from the United Nations.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also reported that some 890,000 people have fled to neighboring countries, adding that people continue to leave their homes to escape the war, according to UN Radio.
In addition, the UN noted that due to active hostilities in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, humanitarian organizations are not able to deliver assistance to local residents. In particular, the staff of the World Food Program was unable to deliver 56,000 food rations intended for the civilian population.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also reported that funding for humanitarian operations in Ukraine remains critically low: only 31% of $316 million required for 2015 has been committed or contributed.