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Minister Vladimir Puchkov takes part in meeting of Governmental Commission on summing up relief operations in Far East

The commission discussed completion of construction and capital repairs of houses for the people affected by the last-year flood. Earlier in the day Minister Puchkov together with Yuri Trutnev, Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District and Oleg Kozhemyako, Governor of the Amur Region inspected new houses built for these who had lost their homes in the flood. At the moment the contractors are finishing planting trees in private yards and building additional infrastructure.

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Caritas aids families fleeing into Russia

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In western Russia, diocesan Caritas members are helping mothers and children who have fled Ukraine. Caritas South of Russia (Diocese of Saratov) is now appealing for €90,000 to respond to the influx of refugees.

Thousands of people escaped fighting in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk and have found shelter in the Rostov region of Russia. Caritas will give families food parcels (including special nutrition packs for children), hygiene materials and bedding.

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Vladimir Puchkov gives keys of new flats to Amur Region residents affected by last year's flood

Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov, who is today on a working trip in the Far Eastern Federal District, has checked the progress of repairs and construction in the Amur Region after a 2013 flood.

Together with Yuri Trutnev, Vice-Chairman of the RF Government and Presidential Plenipotentiary, the Minister inspected houses constructed for the residents of the Amur Region and visited construction sites in the villages of Ivanovka and Sosnovy Bor.

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Ukraine Situation report No. 8 as of 22 August 2014

Highlights

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons, 22 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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Kiev, West slam Russia's convoy 'invasion' in east Ukraine

08/22/2014 18:01 GMT

by Sergei VENYAVSKY with Maria ANTONOVA in Kiev

IZVARYNE, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - The West on Friday blasted Moscow for unilaterally sending a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion".

The European Union said it "deplored" Russia's decision to order in the convoy, which local officials said had arrived in Lugansk, without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks

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Russia speeds up asylum procedures as Ukrainian influx continues

ST. PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, August 21 (UNHCR) – Before Ukraine's secession crisis erupted in February, the Federal Migration Service office in St. Petersburg handled 120 asylum applications a year, mainly from Asians and Africans.

Today, Ukrainians are arriving in the Russian city at a rate of 300 a day, according to the regional branch here of the Russian Red Cross, which has been working hard to provide assistance and help find shelter for those who need it.

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19 August, World Humanitarian Day

The UN decision to officially celebrate the World Humanitarian Day was directed to raise awareness about humanitarian activity worldwide and to demonstrate importance of international cooperation in the field.

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations constantly conducts humanitarian operations abroad pursuant to decisions made by the Russian President and Government. The Emergencies Ministry coordinates its activity with the Russian Foreign Ministry and organizes cooperation with the concerned federal executive authorities.

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Ukraine Situation report No. 7 as of 15 August 2014

The number of displaced people in Ukraine has increased to 155,800. Most of them live in student dormitories and boarding schools, which will cause additional challenges with the beginning of the school year in September.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Emergencies Ministry plane to transport 111 Ukrainian refugees in Ulyanovsk

A Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 plane with 11 Ukrainian citizens aboard took off today at 2:38 PM from the airport in Simferopol to Ulyanovsk. During the flight they are going to be accompanied by Emergencies Ministry employees.

On their arrival the refugees will be welcomed and then transported to temporary shelters by motor vehicles. There the Ukrainians will get help with domestic issues, medical and psychological assistance and all necessary information.

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Ukraine vows to block Russian 'aid' convoy heading for border

08/13/2014 02:38 GMT

by Boris BACHORZ with Anna MALPAS in Donetsk

MOSCOW, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - A convoy of 262 Russian trucks was expected at the Ukrainian border on Wednesday as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels.

The convoy of what Russia says is humanitarian aid has sparked fears of an escalation in a conflict that has left hundreds dead in eastern Ukraine in recent months and plunged Moscow's ties with the West to their lowest point in decades.

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Ukrainians in Russia worry about their future

VLADIKAVKAZ, Russian Federation, August 11 (UNHCR) – Sergey* has made up his mind: he wants to move with his wife and baby son to a new job and life in Siberia rather than return to their home in eastern Ukraine when the conflict ends.

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Assistance to forced migrants from Ukraine

In view of the situation evolving now in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine and the arrival of affected citizens in the Russian Federation, work is underway to meet the refugees, provide them with accommodation and comprehensive support.

622 temporary shelters are deployed in Russia; they are accommodating over 48.5 thousand people, including over 16 thousand children. The forced migrants are receiving food, medical and psychological, and information support, other issues are being solved.

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Ukraine Situation report No.6 as of 8 August 2014

Highlights

• Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least 1,543 and wounded 4,396 since midApril up to 7 August1 , while an estimated 6,200 persons fled their homes last week.

• A sharp rise in displaced from Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

• Since 5 July, an estimated 24,000 IDPs returned to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk after Government regained control over the area.

• Human rights situation aggravates with abductions, detentions, torture and intimidation affecting population trapped in conflict areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Help to Ukrainian refugees

Due to the situation in southeastern Ukraine people from there arrive in the Russian Federation, where they are met, provided with accommodation and necessary help.

As of today there are 643 temporary shelters deployed in the Russian Federation and housing over 47.5 thousand people, including 16 thousand children. All the shelters provide food, medical and psychological assistance, information support and other services.

To help the refugees there are hot lines that have already received 5,706 calls.

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Clashes kill two in rebel bastion Donetsk as UN warns of mass exodus

08/05/2014 23:20 GMT by Anna MALPAS

by Anna MALPAS

DONETSK, August 5, 2014 (AFP) - At least two civilians were killed in heavy clashes on the outskirts of the main rebel-held bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on Tuesday, as the UN warned of a "massive exodus and destruction" if fighting intensified.

Powerful explosions rocked the western Petrovksy suburb of the sprawling million-strong city, the local administration said, as government forces pushed on with an offensive to oust insurgents.

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123 Ukrainian refugees brought from Crimea to Ryazan

A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane with 123 Ukrainians aboard took off today from the city of Simferopol. There are 42 children under 12, including 4 babies.

The Il-76 of the Emergencies Ministry is heading for the Domodedovo airport, from which the passengers will be transported by motor vehicles to the city of Ryazan. All the refugees will be met by the employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and will be accompanied to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for them.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft continues assistance to Ukrainian refugees

The Russian Emergencies Ministry continues to help the citizens of Ukraine who have been forced to leave their country.

Today a Russian Emergencies Ministry’s IL-76 will transport 126 Ukrainian citizens, including 14 children, from Simferopol to Yekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, all the evacuees will be taken to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for their staying.

All of the evacuated Ukrainians are transported within the Russian Federation in accordance with their regional preferences for further settling.