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On 26 March 2015 at 07:20hrs (Moscow time), a Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 82 vehicles were checked by the Russian border guard and customs services. All the vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 17:20hrs on 26 March.
Leaving the Russian Federation
Appeal Target: US$810,004
Balance Requested: US$ 505,386
Geneva, 23 March 2015
The first revision of ACT appeal UKR151 is hereby issued. This revision replaces the full appeal issued on 30 January 2015, now removed from our web site. All changes in the text are highlighted in blue.
TORORO, Uganda –A contribution of 67 KAMAZ trucks, donated by the government of the Russian Federation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will assist its distributions and deliveries in Uganda and throughout the East and Central African region.
The vehicles are part of a Russian global contribution to WFP of 218 trucks, valued at US$21 million, accompanied by mobile workshops, spare parts, technicians and an additional US$1.6 million to cover operational costs related to the trucks.
Situational overview: The number of displaced has stabilized with the reduction in the intensity of the fighting. Concerns have increased over mines and unexploded ordnance as people come out of basement and shelters. Economic difficulties continue to impact the population affected and host communities, with considerable price rises in recent weeks, especially in non-government controlled areas where there are shortages.
While the ceasefire generally continues to hold, humanitarian needs remain high across eastern Ukraine.
Reports of incidents related to unexploded ordnance are on the increase. Mine and UXO/ERW contamination is a major issue, especially as planting season is scheduled to begin soon.
A recent assessment confirms that humanitarian concerns are more severe in non-government controlled areas than in Government-controlled areas, largely due to household poor financial conditions, availability of drugs and food.
● Critical medicines are in alarmingly low supply. Many people are cut off from access to medical care in non-government controlled areas (NGCAs).
● Bureaucratic procedures continue to impede access to (NGCAs), and are inconsistently applied both to civilians and to aid agencies, affecting freedom of movement and operations.
● The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors Group (EDG) travelled to Ukraine on 12-14 March to gain a better understanding of the plight of conflict-affected people.
This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.
One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
A surge of violence since mid-January, including battle for the city of Debaltseve in mid-February, has caused a wave of new displacement into government-controlled areas.
Food security and protection continue to be major concerns for people in non-governmentcontrolled areas who are cut off from supplies, especially older people who did not register as IDPs before the 1 February deadline, and other vulnerable groups. Food security is further constrained by rising food prices.
Today, another Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy consisting of more than 170 trucks delivered more than 1,800 tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. Among the supplies, there were food, medicines, daily necessities, textbooks and books for students of higher and general education institutions, as well as other material resources necessary for the sustenance of the population.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has started building another humanitarian convoy bound for Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It is being put together in Rostov Region in Emergencies Ministry’s Don rescue center.
Noginsk rescue center trucks will set off for Don rescue center. In the village of Kovalyovka in Rostov Region those trucks will be joined by trucks from other regions of Russia. The humanitarian cargo is being formed also in Don rescue center. Most of it is foodstuffs, medication, essentials and other goods to ensure normal functioning of the society in Donbass.
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Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both BCPs. Overall, compared with last week, cross-border traffic flows slightly decreased at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The OM continued to observe a number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions.
OM’s staff composition
On the order of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev the Russian Emergencies Ministry is building another convoy to Donbass carrying relief goods for Debaltseve and nearby villages experiencing the harshest humanitarian problems.
Today two Il-76 jets carrying humanitarian cargoes are going to fly from Ramenskoye airport to Rostov-on-Don. Foodstuffs, essentials and medications will be loaded to trucks that will form the convoy.