Since the armed conflict divided eastern Ukraine back in 2014, almost 1.3 million pensioners have found themselves caught in the middle, living in territory now outside of government control but dependent on state institutions for their hard-earned retirement pensions.
Sergei and his wife were forced to dismantle a shell that hit their home, amidst a conflict that has internally displaced over 1.5 million people.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR has increased aid supplies to people in eastern Ukraine, where freezing temperatures and fighting make the winter months a struggle.
In Ukraine, where the ongoing conflict has damaged at least 700 schools, one class has started the new school year dreaming of peace.