Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
In general terms, the operation is running as planned except for the extension of time frame for distribution of food and hygiene vouchers, procurement of kitchen sets, carrying out a beneficiary satisfaction survey and conducting a “lessons learned” workshop. This time frame extension is required due to some procurement challenges faced by the Belarus Red Cross Society when launching the tender process for the provision of vouchers.
December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.
Violence has been ongoing in eastern Ukraine despite the ceasefire of 5 September. Heavy fighting and shelling have increased the number of killed and wounded, and between mid-September and mid-December, the number of registered internally displaced increased by over 266,000. A new ceasefire was announced for 9 December, with differing reports as to whether it has been violated.
The European Commission is allocating over €63 000 through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Belarus Red Cross Society in meeting immediate needs of vulnerable refugee populations who fled the conflict in eastern Ukraine into Belarus.
This new funding has been brought forward due to an increasing number of people fleeing eastern Ukraine and the winter looming.
As of 28 November, 490,046 IDPs have been identified by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. The majority (96 per cent) come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.
As of 28 November, 449,847 IDPs have registered with the Ministry of Social Policy in line with the new government registration policy.
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A. Situation analysis
Description of the emergency
Since June 2014 Belarus has seen increasing numbers of people fleeing the areas of conflict in Ukraine. At 16 October, the authorities reported that the number of asylum applications reached 511, while some 30,000 Ukrainian citizens are reportedly seeking other forms of legal stay in Belarus.
The Department on Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior of Belarus reports over 49,000 citizens of Ukraine registered in Belarus over nine months of 2014.
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.
With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help some of the most vulnerable displaced people cope with expected harsh winter conditions.
As of 16 October, 417,246 IDPs have been identified by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. 95% come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted law on protection of internally displaced persons in addition to resolutions on IDP registration and provision of financial assistance, introduced by Cabinet of Ministers.
As of 18 September, almost 275,500 Ukrainians have been displaced throughout Ukraine. Almost 94% of them come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.
Within the reporting period, UNHCR distributed humanitarian aid worth more than 200,000 USD to the most vulnerable IDPs. Deliveries included assistance to rebuild destroyed homes.
More than 250,000 USD was provided in form of cash assistance to about 1,500 vulnerable IDPs in Kyiv, Lviv and Vinnytsia region.
Almost 260,000 persons are displaced throughout Ukraine as of 1 September. 94% come from eastern Ukraine.
At least 143,000 have fled in the past three weeks due to the intensified fighting in eastern regions.
The number of Ukrainians applying for international protection reached 121,190 in the Russian Federation and 4,106 across the EU.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
As of 20 August, the number of IDPs is estimated to have reached 190,000.
IDPs from eastern Ukraine now make up 92% of the total number of displaced.
UNHCR is concerned by the attack on a convoy of people attempting to leave Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
UNHCR is concerned by the increasing number of casualties, OHCHR estimates that as of 13 August the death toll has increased to 2,119.