Reference : V-P-UA-E-00875
Date : 06/02/2018
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Donetsk region, Bogdanivka. A man shows the heating material he received from the ICRC.
Photographer : NOSENKO, Yevgen
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : With temperatures sometimes dropping to as low as -25 celsius, village residents need heating material to warm their houses. The ICRC helps the most vulnerable in remote localities along the contact line. It's often the only aid agency able to reach these people.

ICRC website, photo gallery of 14.02.2019: Ukraine: Winter along the contact line

It has been nearly five years since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many people living along the contact line in the Donbas lost their income and continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing hostilities. Their situation worsens in winter as damaged walls, roofs and windows let the cold in. The drop in temperature is bitterly felt not only inside buildings, but also on the road, including during the strenuous journey to cross the contact line.
In addition to regular expenses, people need to buy materials to keep their houses warm. While heating is becoming more costly, in some areas it can be difficult to obtain hard fuel. Accompanied by the ongoing hostilities, winter season creates challenges for the people who are already living with disrupted public services and accrued infrastructure damages.
Resolution : 3585x2400
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : black and white