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22 Jan 2015 description

1/22/2015 - 22:56 GMT

by Laetitia PERON and Dmitry ZAKS in Kiev

Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe's latest push for peace in the nine-month war.

The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September truce also saw Moscow and Kiev trade bitter blame for a trolleybus shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk that killed 13 mostly elderly passengers.

21 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

A draft Russian law banning “undesirable foreign organizations” is another troubling sign of the authorities’ vigorous measures to restrict any public space for criticism, Amnesty International said today after the Duma (Parliament) passed it on a first reading.

The bill will go through two more readings before being sent to President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law, which may be only a formality.

21 Jan 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 aggregate cereal harvest estimated at near-record level

  • Exports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast at record level

  • Export prices of wheat increased in November

2014 aggregate cereal harvest estimated at near-record level

21 Jan 2015 description

Food, water, household items and materials

The ICRC:

  • delivered more than 2,000 tonnes of aid to areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, including food and hygiene items, medical supplies, blankets and tarpaulins;

  • provided municipal authorities with roofing materials and tools to enable much-needed repairs to public and residential buildings damaged by shelling;

09 Jan 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In the period between 27 and 31 May 2014, water levels rose above critical points due to heavy rains on the rivers in the Altai Krai, the Republic of Tuva and the Republic of Khakassia. 7,497 homes, inhabited by 21,402 people (including 5,085 children) and 8,399 farming properties were flooded and two motorways and six bridges were damaged in 78 settlements of 21 municipalities.

09 Jan 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | Friday 1/9/2015 - 15:52 GMT

by Yulia SILINA

Four Ukrainian soldiers and two civilians were reported killed Friday in an upsurge in mortar and rocket attacks just days ahead of mooted international talks on the country's crisis.

Local authorities in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk said two civilians died and seven were injured in clashes around the industrial city's disputed airport.

09 Jan 2015 description

Yesterday night all the trucks that delivered humanitarian aid to the people of Donbass returned to Rostov Region empty.

Despite ghastly weather: freezing cold and ice cover on the roads, the humanitarian shipment was delivered in full. Local residents provided special help assisting the drivers in overcoming difficult parts of roads by sprinkling them with salt and sand.

The unloading took a little more time: the loaders had to change each other to get warm, but the process was uninterrupted.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

24 Dec 2014 description

Pyongyang, December 23 (KCNA) -- The Russian government's free food aid of 50 000 tons to the DPRK was wound up with due ceremony at Nampho Port on Tuesday.

The food aid will contribute to developing the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

23 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

The guilty verdicts and harsh sentences against 57 defendants accused of participating in an armed attack in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in 2005 are a huge miscarriage of justice, said Amnesty International today. The defendants were detained for nine years in deplorable conditions with testimonies extracted under torture and admitted as evidence.

Five of the defendants received life sentences and the others received sentences of between four and 23 years in prison.

23 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Government of the Russian Federation has decided to donate 2.6 million US dollars to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) for the implementation of the project "Social protection and services for Afghan children in the Islamic Republic of Iran". This extra budgetary funding will support UNICEF’s national partners and institutions in Iran providing services to these children.

21 Dec 2014 description

12/21/2014 - 23:44 GMT

by Dmitry ZAKS

The authoritarian leader of Belarus flew into Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting to calm Europe's volatile eastern edge.

But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia.

20 Dec 2014 description

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.

18 Dec 2014 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$854,616

Geneva, 18 December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

18 Dec 2014 description

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.

18 Dec 2014 description

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.