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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.

20 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.

20 Dec 2014 description

Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 12/20/2014 - 02:03 GMT

by Max DELANY

Sitting up with difficulty in her hospital bed, Raisa Bulda says that despite months of treatment she still feels like she is only just beginning her recovery.

It was back in August that a shell tore through her home on the edge of rebel bastion Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and left her screaming for help in a pool of blood.

19 Dec 2014 description
report ZIF

On 1 December 2014, the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine began its activities as the second international civilian mission in the country.

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.

Some of the schools are in ruins and others remain closed because of safety concerns. In government-controlled areas 187 educational institutions have been damaged or destroyed.

19 Dec 2014 description

This report is for media and the general public.

SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed no shelling or use of fire-arms, although the JCCC did report on a number of such occurrences.

19 Dec 2014 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Friday 12/19/2014 - 14:56 GMT

by Dmitry ZAKS

Ukrainian forces lost five soldiers on Friday in a sudden resurgence of clashes ahead of peace talks aimed at ending the separatist conflict and mending East-West ties.

The toll was the highest since Kiev and Russian-backed militias struck a December 9 truce designed to reinforce a tenuous September agreement that was followed by at least 1,300 more deaths.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Halt Indiscriminate Rocket Attacks

(Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch met with high-level government officials in Kiev about the issue on December 2 and 3, 2014.

19 Dec 2014 description

Europe Report N°235

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

19 Dec 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed no shelling or use of fire-arms, although the JCCC did report on a number of cases. Furthermore the SMM noted no movement of weaponry towards the contact line, noting on the contrary movement away from it.

Near government-controlled Lidine (65km south-west of Donetsk), the SMM observed two trucks – each towing D-30 howitzers (artillery piece) – moving west, away from the contact line.

18 Dec 2014 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russian Federation (RF). The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCP)s. Overall cross-border traffic flows increased at both BCPs. The OM continued to observe a significant number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions.

DETAIL

OM’s arrival, establishment and observation work

18 Dec 2014 description

Summary

  • Donors have committed/contributed US$57 million of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in 2014, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS). The majority of funding (75%) has been given since the beginning of September 2014.

  • A UN-coordinated Preliminary Response Plan (PRP) was launched on 14 August 2014 for US$31.3 million, which was 93% funded, although total humanitarian funding has reached US$57 million.

18 Dec 2014 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$854,616

Geneva, 18 December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

18 Dec 2014 description

VIENNA, 18 December 2014 – The OSCE’s 57 participating States today took a consensus decision to extend the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk by three months to 23 March 2015.

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
report People in Need

Donetsk (11 December 2014) - People in Need began systematically assisting in Donetsk and the surrounding area. We opened our office there previously in early November and since then we have provided food, medicine, toiletries and baby diapers to the most vulnerable people. The humanitarian situation with the harsh winter weather has been rapidly deteriorating. "In the neighborhoods near the Donetsk airport people have lived for months in the old Soviet shelters.

18 Dec 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Early prospects for 2015 winter crops overall favourable

  • Record cereal production in 2014

  • Cereal exports expected at record levels in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

  • Domestic cereal prices at high levels by mid-December

  • Serious food security concerns in eastern part of Ukraine

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 December 2014 – The top United Nations political official today voiced the Organization’s “unwavering commitment” in helping Ukraine address the range of political, humanitarian, security and development challenges it continues to face amid ongoing fighting in the country’s east.

17 Dec 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). According to the Kherson regional border guard department, Russian military have withdrawn from the Arabat Spit.