The operation has been revised as per budget revision 4 (see below).
Due to ongoing instability and conflict in Ukraine since April 2014, areas primarily locatedin the Eastern part of the country have experienced a deteriorating humanitarian situation. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled their homes and become increasingly vulnerable as the conflict intensifies and spreads. Much of the population located in the most affected districts of Donetsk and Luhansk are experiencing limited or no access to humanitarian aid and face security threats. Close to 5 million people live in the conflict zone and Non-Government-Controlled (NGC) areas. The lack of security continues to challenge humanitarian operations. The operating environment in the districts of Donetsk and Luhansk is volatile, with significant implications on the protection of civilians, aid workers, and on the assessment of needs and the delivery of assistance. Ongoing shelling has damaged critical infrastructure and hampers road access to deliver humanitarian assistance to people remaining in the conflict zone.
Based on a request from UN agencies and NGOs on the ground, the Logistics Cluster has been activated and requested to respond by strengthening the logistics set-up and staffing structure in Ukraine. This will provide the needed coordination and common logistics services required to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected population in the conflict zone.
In accordance with the increased logistics operational needs identified in the framework of 2017 Ukraine Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), this BR 4 requests an extension in time of the Special Operation (SO) 200821 for a period of twelve month starting from 1 January to 31 December 2017 and adjusts the budget plan in accordance with the revised operational needs.