Emergency food operation scaled up in eastern Ukraine

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Displaced families and the elderly in Ukraine line up for WFP food vouchers, which enable them to obtain food including milk, fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

The emergency operation of the World Food Programme (WFP) in eastern Ukraine is being scaled up, the UN agency announced on Wednesday.

It said it will provide 500,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of the year.

This is almost triple the number of people WFP has been reaching since November 2014 through food distributions in the Donestsk and Luhansk regions.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Ukraine has been plagued by fighting which broke out between pro-Russian rebels and government forces last year. 

The east of the European country has been the worst hit, with the UN estimating that 4 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance. 

But with the current expansion of its assistance, WFP says it will carry out food distributions in three new regions: Kharkivska, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya.

In this new phase of the operation, it is highlighting what it calls the important support it will provide to people in schools, orphanages and hospitals.

For assistance to continue through December, the UN food agency is appealing for US$30.3 million.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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