Expanded assistance for displaced people in Ukraine: IOM

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, many being women with children. Photo: UNFPA Ukraine/Olena Kulyk

An additional four thousand displaced people in Ukraine will be receiving support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM made the announcement on Friday, explaining that more people will need assistance with winter approaching.

Ukrainians have been fleeing their homes since the beginning of the year to avoid fighting between pro-Russian groups and Ukrainian military.

IOM's activities to support them are currently funded by Switzerland, the US and Norway.

So far, the Organization has helped around 2,000 displaced people, 80 per cent being women and children.

According to the Ukraine State Emergency Service, at the end of September there were 300,000 displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Through this expanded operation, IOM is targeting the most vulnerable in 13 regions, which host over 65 per cent of the displaced.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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