Emergency support to cold snap affected people from East Ukraine

2017. February 23.

The beginning of 2017 entailed arctic cold, which brought a record breaking low temperature and paralyzed some parts of Ukraine, Russia and the whole of Eastern Europe. The temperature in the region dropped to -30°C, resulting in transport collapse and damage to communal infrastructure, disruption of heat and electricity supply, frostbite of hundreds of people and a rapid growth of influenza and other disease rates in many places in Ukraine and Russia. The frosts damaged heat systems and led to disruptions of heat supplies. Harsh weather has led to a drop of temperature in the places where Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and non-displaced conflict affected population live in Ukraine, as well as for Ukrainian refugees in Russia.

To contribute to saving lives and health of the most vulnerable IDPs, non-displaced conflict-affected populations in the East of Ukraine HIA has provided heating material to IDPs and people living in the conflict affected areas, reaching 235 vulnerable households in six settlements in the Donetsk oblast with 0.54 tons of coal, each.
HIA has carried out the activities in six locations in the Donetsk Oblast: Lyman, Drobyshevo, Zelenyi Klyn, Yampil, Sviatohirsk and Siversk, reaching at 632 IDPs and people living in the conflict affected areas.

The program has been financed by the Rapid Response Fund of ACT Alliance.




  • HIA’s ACT Alliance supported emergency assistance program for IDPs has started in seven regions of Ukraine (Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Ivano Frankivsk, Lviv, Transcarpathia and Kyiv City) in January, 2015. Primarily large families with three or more children are receiving food, hygienic and baby packages.