The conflict in eastern Ukraine, which started in 2014 between armed groups and government forces, continues. The humanitarian situation remains grim along both sides of the 420 km long “line of contact", with 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. According to the UN, the elderly make up almost a third of all people in need, making this conflict the ‘oldest’ humanitarian crisis in the world.
The EU's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) have been operating in Ukraine since February 2014. The EU’s humanitarian department plays a key role in facilitating humanitarian coordination and information-sharing among various organisations, including donors, authorities and humanitarian partners.