(ReliefWeb) – SOS Children’s Villages launched an emergency programme in 2014 to help children and families affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It is one of the few organisations working on both sides of the contact line. SOS Children’s Villages plays a unique role in helping children and families, says Andriy Chuprikov, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Ukraine. “Our organisation is the only one on either side of the demarcation line – not only among international organisations, but also among governmental agencies – that provides a long-term comprehensive support for families and an assessment of the needs of each family.” SOS Ukraine’s emergency programme works in the eastern city of Luhansk, which is under independent control, as well as in the Starobilsk and Sievierodonetsk in the area of Luhansk province that remains under Ukrainian administration. It has cooperation projects in Stanytsia Luhanska, Novoaidar and Popasna (also in the region of Luhansk under Ukrainian administration) and assists families who have fled conflict zones and are now living near the capital city of Kiev.