Ukraine Infrastructure Damage
Conflict has damaged infrastructure in eastern Ukraine.
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Latest Ukraine Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

Hostilities continued to endanger civilians near the contact line in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in early 2019. Approximately 2,400 security incidents were reported between January and March, representing a 60 percent increase from the number of incidents recorded during the same period in 2018, according to the UN.

Crossing the contact line—where people often wait hours at checkpoints to travel between government-controlled areas and non-government controlled areas—remains a challenge for vulnerable populations. Between January and May, long wait times and poor conditions at checkpoints resulted in the deaths of 25 civilians, the majority of whom succumbed to health complications while waiting to cross, the Protection Cluster4 reports.

Conflict damaged 14 schools in the first five months of 2019, compared to a total of 16 schools damaged by conflict in 2018, according to the Education Cluster. The cluster estimates that conflict in Ukraine has adversely affected approximately 700,000 schoolaged children and teachers at 3,500 schools.

In early 2019, approximately 30 percent of people living near the contact line reported diminished access to safe drinking water, the UN reports. Incidents of shelling and indirect fire continue to damage water infrastructure in close proximity to the contact line, increasing the risk of population displacement as a result of interruptions to water supplies, according to relief actors.


Since March 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused large-scale population displacement and widespread damage to infrastructure. The heaviest fighting has occurred in the easternmost oblasts bordering Russia, particularly Donetsk and Luhansk; however, the large influx of internally displaced persons has negatively affected neighboring oblasts. As of April 2018, the Government of Ukraine estimates that the conflict has forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes. In addition, the UN estimates that 3.4 million people in eastern Ukraine require humanitarian assistance in 2018.

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Last updated: June 26, 2019

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