16:48 GMT +321 November 2019
Listen Live
    Local resident Nikolai, 82, inspects his apartment, which according to locals, was recently destroyed by shelling, in Donetsk

    IOM: Most People Displaced From Donbass Within Ukraine Live Near Poverty Line

    © REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko
    Society
    Get short URL
    0 15
    Subscribe

    The majority of people who had to flee conflict-torn Donbass for other regions of Ukraine are living close to the poverty line, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The majority of internally displaced people (IDP) from Donbass live on some 1,400 hryvnas ($54) per month, which is close to the poverty line, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told the Ukrainian news website Apostrophe.

    He added that only 43 percent of the IDPs from Donbass had regular jobs and 18 percent had been partially employed.

    According to the IOM chief, the organization had provided aid to more than 110,000 IDPs since the beginning of the Donbass conflict.

    Ukraine’s southeast has been engulfed in a conflict since April 2014, when Kiev launched a military operation against local independence supporters. The conflict had already caused significant damage to residential areas and infrastructure forcing local residents to flee the region both to other country's regions and abroad.

    Related:

    Russia Sends 56th Humanitarian Aid Convoy to War-Torn Donbass
    Kiev Fears Mass Desertion From the Army as Donbass Campaign Sputters
    DPR Head Denies Donbass Militias' Involvement in MH17 Flight Crash
    Polish Special Forces Claimed to Be Secretly Deployed to Donbass
    Tags:
    internally displaced persons (IDPs), poverty, International Organization of Migration (IOM), Lacy Swing, Ukraine, Donbass
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik