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Getting Aid to Separatist-held Ukraine

The front lines in eastern Ukraine are slowly freezing in place, as is civilian deprivation in the conflict zone.

  • Anna Arutunyan
  • ICG

An embargo, bureaucracy and distrust conspire to keep humanitarian aid out.

Russia and Ukraine should find politically neutral ways to unblock the flow of assistance.

After five years of war, a humanitarian crisis drags on in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (L/DPR), the parts of eastern Ukraine nominally governed by Russian-backed separatists.

More than 3.5 million people in eastern Ukraine are in need of…

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