Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 20/12/2014 - 15:57 GMT |
by Dmitry ZAKS
Russia accused the West on Saturday of stoking unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospect of peace talks to end the separatist war.
A Ukrainian conference mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk had initially been set for last week and timed to coincide with a new truce in the eight-month conflict.
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Geneva, 18 December 2014
A motor convoy carrying food and New Year presents for the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions set off today at 6 AM from Noginsk Rescue Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry to Rostov Region.
The tenth convoy of humanitarian aid will be built in Rostov Region in Don Rescue Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry where trucks from Noginsk will be joined by vehicles from other regions of Russia.
Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government a Russian Emergencies Ministry plane carrying humanitarian aid has took off today from Ramenskoye airport outside Moscow for the Syrian Arab Republic (Latakia).
The Il-76 will deliver over 25 tonnes of relief goods. There are tinned fish and meat, sugar and baby food.
On its way back to Moscow the plane is going to get aboard citizens who wanted to leave the area of armed conflict.
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 ‘War crimes and politics of terror in Chechnya 1994-2004’ case study describes the constraints, questions and dilemmas experienced by MSF while speaking out during the two Russian-Chechen wars and the following years of ‘normalization’. Was speaking out the right thing to do with regard to Russia, a power with a veto at the UN Security Council and a tradition of propaganda control of the public arena? Was it realistic to rely on raising the awareness of other UN member states via their public’s opinion?
MOSCOW – Recognising a solid and growing relationship, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of the Russian Federation today signed an important strategic partnership agreement that will spearhead joint efforts on many fronts to end global hunger and malnutrition.
Russia-made KamAZ trucks have been passed today to representatives of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Those were the last 15 from 130 trucks provided by the agreement 2014-2015.
The solemn ceremony of passing the trucks was held on Red Square in Moscow.
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(Moscow, December 15, 2014) – Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after the office of a local human rights group was burned down. They should also offer genuine protection to all activists threatened for doing their work.
Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men blamed by the authorities of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Amnesty International said after news emerged today of the “collective punishment” against the families.
The 11 men were killed alongside 14 law enforcement officers during an armed confrontation in Grozny on 4 December. At least one civilian is also believed to have been killed.
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This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine this year has resulted in over half a million people becoming internally displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to Russia and other neighbouring countries.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks of 4 December in Grozny, Russian Federation. He reiterates that there can be no justification for acts of terror.
The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts, as well as to the Government and people of the Russian Federation. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
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Moscow, Russia | AFP | Thursday 12/4/2014 - 12:10 GMT
by Yelena FITKULINA
Fighting between heavily-armed Islamists and police in the centre of Chechnya's capital Grozny on Thursday left 19 dead and many injured, the second attack since October, officials said.
Militants barricaded themselves in a school and police cordonned off city streets, with the violence erupting just as President Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to the nation, vowing to end violence in Chechnya.
Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Monday 12/1/2014 - 20:13 GMT
by Yulia SILINA
Ukraine's military said Monday that its forces and Russian generals had agreed a temporary ceasefire around the airport in rebel-held Donetsk that has been the focus of fighting for months.
A pro-Russian rebel leader confirmed to AFP that top-level negotiations were in process. But he also stressed that no final agreement was expected before Tuesday.
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.