Ukraine

The only European country facing an armed conflict, Ukraine's healthcare system was already under great strain, especially in the east where sporadic hostilities have left many struggling to access healthcare. The spread of COVID-19 threatens to further overwhelm the country's healthcare capacity...

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In the eastern Ukrainian village of Opytne people are living without access to healthcare or essential medications. The frontline village lies in Ukrainian government-controlled territory, opposite the destroyed Donetsk Airport now in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Without...
It’s been more than two years since conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine, yet thousands of forgotten victims remain left behind in areas close to the now unmoving line of contact. More than 9,300 people have been killed and some 21,500 injured since mid-April 2014(footnote 1). Despite fading from...
MSF is shocked and strongly refutes the false allegations made in the media by the Humanitarian Committee of DPR regarding its medical-humanitarian activities. This includes erroneous statements regarding mismanagement of pharmaceutical products such as psychotropic drugs, criticism of the...
On 19 October, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) received written notification from the Humanitarian Committee that its accreditation in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic had been withdrawn and to immediately stop activities. The organisation was not provided with a...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is alarmed by the decision of the Humanitarian Committee of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to refuse permission for MSF to provide critical medical and humanitarian assistance in Lugansk. MSF is extremely concerned that this will deprive vulnerable...
A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team managed to reach Debaltseve on 21 February, three days after the rebels took the city in Eastern Ukraine. Olivier Antonin, MSF’s emergency coordinator, was part of the team that provided medical aid and evaluated the medical needs there. He describes what he...
The industrial city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine has been under constant shelling, its hospitals are overwhelmed with the wounded, and medical supplies have run out, leaving doctors to stitch up patients with fishing line. MSF surgeon Dr Michael Roesch is supporting the Ukrainian surgical team in...
As fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urging all parties to the conflict to halt shelling of hospitals and ensure civilians can reach safe places. In response to the surge in violence over the last two weeks, the organisation is urgently expanding...
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