According to a recent report from the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), roughly 3,000 households in Ukraine have experienced property damage due to increased air strikes since December 29th.
On that day, one of the most lethal assaults occurred since Russia’s extensive invasion began in February 2022. Over 58 individuals lost their lives and more than 150 were wounded due to airstrikes carried out across the entire country.
The provision of healthcare has also been impacted, with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirming 11 attacks since 29 December.
OCHA stated that the severe weather made the attacks worse, causing millions in Ukraine to be without electricity, water, or heating. This occurred as temperatures dropped to as low as -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) in various regions.
Humanitarian efforts continue
Despite facing challenges, humanitarian workers have persisted in providing aid to those impacted by the recent attacks. They have acknowledged that aid facilities in Kherson have been damaged.
“On this Thursday, aid workers are currently offering aid to civilians in Kharkiv. The strike that occurred yesterday evening caused damage to a hotel and other civilian infrastructure,” stated OCHA.
In 2023, there were 55 reported occurrences that affected humanitarian resources, with 30 of those incidents involving attacks on warehouses and distribution locations.
Rising death toll
The report from OCHA also mentioned an increase in fatalities and injuries throughout Ukraine.
Since December 29, the OHCHR has documented the deaths of 125 civilians and the injuries of over 550 others.
In just a span of three days, from January 6th to January 8th, there were reports of five children being killed and eight others being injured in the regions of Donetsk, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and Kherson.
The total number of civilians who have lost their lives since the Russian invasion began in February 2022 has now reached over 10,200, including 575 children. Additionally, more than 19,300 people have been injured.
The source of this information is news.un.org.