An armed conflict erupted throughout Donbass region in the aftermath of the so-called "Euromadian revolution" in 2014 and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. In spite of several ceasefires and the Minsk agreements with attempts to provide a peaceful resolution to the conflict, hostilities continue to pose an immediate threat to human security. Approximately 7.000 km2 is suspected to be contaminated by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war in Donbass region only, while Ukraine still suffers from contamination in other parts dating back from both world wars.
Humanitarian situation is dire as many people struggle to satisfy their basic needs and as the government struggles to provide all necessary assistance. Almost 1.8 million people have been registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs), around 250,000 of them children. Since the beginning of the conflict, at least 9,208 people have lost their lives and 21,138 people have been wounded according to the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office.
In order to support implementation of activities, ITF has in June 2016 established its Temporary Representative Office in Ukraine.
What we do
By mid-2017, ITF has enabled psychosocial rehabilitation for 240 children from Donbass region in Ukraine, who were severely traumatized due to war atrocities, have lost their relatives or friends and whos families are dealing with very though economic circumstances. The project will continue with additional 160 children to be included into the tailor-made psychosocial rehabilitation program until end of 2018, while ITF would like to expand the program and engage even more children in need.
ITF has also ensured physical rehabilitation for a young girl who was severly wounded and lost her left leg during the conflict in Ukraine. First two phases of rehabilitation were successfully completed and the treatment will continue in July 2017, when new prosthesis will be fitted. ITF is fundraising to ensure physical rehabilitation for additional children, because according to the information available nearly 200 children were injured and the local capacities in Ukraine are severely limited.