Ukraine's frontline cuts across the country like a jagged scar. Despite a February ceasefire, the fighting hasn't stopped. In March and April, Kristina Jovanovski had rare access to rebel-held areas to investigate the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded on Europe's doorstep. Here is her exclusive report on why aid isn't getting through.
Situational overview: The overall security situation is critical. Fighting has steadily intensified during the reporting period, though with no change to the line of contact. Continued diplomatic efforts are underway towards a political solution to the conflict.
Protection concerns: Freedom of movement across the line of contact remains a key concern. Recent issues reported by IDPs include a lack of information on the renewal of government financial assistance and the address verification process.
By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel
The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.
A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.
EASTERN EUROPEAN BORDERS ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2015 PUBLISHED
In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.
Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.
Over 6,000 people and 1,000 units of equipment are involved in stabilizing the wildfire situation in Trans-Baikal Territory. More than 1,300 people and 200 units of specialized equipment are provided by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. An interagency emergency operations center continues working in the Emergencies Ministry Main Office to coordinate forces and equipment.
The security situation in Ukraine remains unstable and unpredictable, although International Medical Corps has been able to keep operating programs despite the insecurity. Over 1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now registered in Ukraine. However, there are no exact figures for IDPs inside the non-government controlled areas. According to UNHCR, over 800,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries including Russia, Belarus and Poland.
Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Thursday 4/30/2015 - 18:14 GMT
The Ukrainian presidency on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, after the leaders of both countries spoke by phone with their French and German counterparts.
"In the context of the discussion of ways towards a peaceful resolution (of the conflict), President Putin has accepted the possibility of deploying a peacekeeping contingent to the Donbass region," the presidency said in a statement.
In 2014, the main priority of the IFRC Secretariat
s support to the Russian Red Crosss (RRC) activities was the enhancement of the Russian Red Cross
s organizational capacity to ensure close collaboration with the Russian Federations government authorities for the implementation of the resolution of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The following priorities are identified for the IFRC Regional Representation in Moscow.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
By Mark Krutov
MOSCOW -- For about two weeks now, wind-whipped wildfires have been raging across the Siberian region of Khakasia. At least 34 people have been killed and thousands left homeless as the fires have scorched hundreds of thousands of hectares.
Russian authorities say about 5,000 rescue workers are battling the blazes, which are still burning and dangerous in the unpredictable weather.