Residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk queue to receive bread distributed as part of humanitarian aid on July 27, 2014. Ukrainian troops have retaken the strategically-important city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, as they press on with their offensive to stamp out a pro-Russian rebellion.

European agencies aid displaced Ukrainians.

Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

January 2015, Number 06.01

“A number of crises are unfolding in different parts of the world. The European Union is engaged in managing and mitigating many of these situations (e.g., the Ebola virus). But closer to home in Europe, there is a crisis in which a joint, coordinated approach by the international community is of utmost urgency. Increasing security concerns in Ukraine, in the region and in Europe, if not dealt with now, will have an adverse impact on all of our lives in the near future.

A humanitarian crisis exists in Ukraine, even though Ukraine itself is not calling it such. The crisis has evolved from Ukraine’s military conflict with Russia and entails three components: internally displaced people (IDPs) within Ukraine, Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries and returning refugees and IDPs...”

Excerpt from Edmunds Akitis, “Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 1, 2015: 24-29.

Edmunds Akitis has served with the European Commission’s Emergency Response Unit in Brussels since February 2014. He is a member of the Swedish Emergency Management Agency’s Field Staff Roster and an expert in risk and vulnerability analysis. He holds a master’s degree in homeland security from San Diego State University in the United States.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.