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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.

Agence France-Presse:

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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.

Agence France-Presse:

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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.

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry to transport more than 350 Ukrainian refugees to various regions of Russia

Two Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 aircraft will transport today 252 Ukrainian citizens. One of the aircraft will depart from the city of Simferopol en route to the city of Ivanovo, while the second will depart from Rostov-on-Don en route to the airport of Pskov.

After landing, all of the evacuees will be taken to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for their staying.

In addition, a bus convoy carrying 100 citizens of Ukraine departed from Rostov-on-Don en route to Krasnodar Territory.

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About 37,000 Ukrainian refugees staying at temporary accommodation centers in Russia

In view of the situation evolving now in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine and the arrival of affected citizens in the border areas of Central and Southern Federal Districts, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, together with the subjects of the Russian Federation and within the framework of the National Disaster Management System, the Russian Emergencies Ministry organizes work to provide refugees with accommodation and comprehensive support.

497 temporary shelters are deployed in Russia; they are accommodating 36,608 people, including 13,200 children.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry’s psychologists provide all necessary assistance to Ukrainian refugees

Experts of the psychological service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry continue to provide all necessary assistance and support to citizens who have been forces to leave the territory of the Republic of Ukraine.

46 psychologists from Volga, Southern and North Caucasian branches of the Center for Emergency Psychological Aid, nineteen of the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s regional offices, and 41 psychologists of various bodies of the National Disaster Management System are currently involved.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry transports refugees from Ukraine to various regions of Russia

Today, another 380 Ukrainian citizens forced to leave their country will be transported to various regions of the Russian Federation by Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft.

Three IL-76s of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will depart from Rostov Region en route to Kazan, Ufa and St. Petersburg (people will further be carried by road to Novgorod Region). It is planned that the aircraft will carry 320 persons, who will be met by emergency workers and escorted to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for their living.

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Activities of Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center’s mine action squad in Nis

Under the coordination of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in Nis (Republic of Serbia), a humanitarian mine action group has been working since July 22, 2014 to survey and clear the areas of cluster munitions and aerial bombs left in the city area after bombing in 1999.

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Siberian rescuers prepare for international certification

Yesterday Secretary of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Terje Skavdal ended his working visit to Krasnoyarsk. The foreign expert had arrived to assess the readiness of the Siberian Regional Search and Rescue Team of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (SRSRT) for international certification.

Terje Skavdal is Secretary of INSARAG, Head of UN Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS); he is in charge of improving the standards of assistance during search and rescue operations and coordinating international response to sudden large-scale disasters.