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23 Sep 2016 description
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BRUSSELS — Loosening the European Union's economic sanctions on Russia would wreck the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, because the measures are the West's only leverage over Moscow, Kyiv's deputy foreign minister said on Friday.

Next month, EU leaders are set to discuss the sanctions on Russia's energy, financial and defense sectors, which were imposed after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014. Countries with closer ties to Russia, including Cyprus, Italy and Hungary, are pushing to lift some measures or even allow them to expire in January.

23 Sep 2016 description

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region, including 63 explosions compared with 126 in the previous reporting period. Most of the recorded ceasefire violations occurred in the area of Yasynuvata-Avdiivka. The Mission recorded more ceasefire violations in Luhansk region (29 explosions compared with six). The SMM continued to observe the presence of weapons in violation of the respective withdrawal lines, including four multiple-launch rocket systems, and followed up on the presence of mines near populated areas.

23 Sep 2016 description

51,031* migrants assisted with Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) from 1 January to 30 June 2016

23 Sep 2016 description

Conflicts in the Syrian Arab Republic and the knock-on effects in Turkey, as well as the unrest in eastern Ukraine, are putting unprecedented pressure on affected populations in terms of social and economic disruption and health shortfalls. Health services are interrupted and health facilities are damaged. Attacks on hospitals, health workers and humanitarian convoys represent a major infringement of human rights.

22 Sep 2016 description
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PROTECTION CONCERNS

  • In July 2016, the number of civilian casualties in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine recorded by OHCHR was the highest since August 2015, with 73 cases recorded. The major cause of civilian casualties - 38 cases - was shelling from heavy artillery systems, which are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. In addition, 26 civilian casualties were caused by mines, ERWs, booby traps and IEDs.

21 Sep 2016 description

MINSK, 21 September 2016 – Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and to the Trilateral Contact Group, made the following press statement today after a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group: ‎

21 Sep 2016 description

Summary

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons decreased at both BCPs.

Operational Remarks

The OM is currently operating with 20 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

20 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • Civilian casualties in Ukraine hit a one year record, with the highest number of casualties in a single month since August 2015.

  • WFP urgently requires USD 34.8 million to provide full assistance to the people in need until February 2017. WFP has prepared a prioritization plan to ensure that the most vulnerable population affected by the conflict will receive food assistance, should funding not be readily available in the coming months.

16 Sep 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 11-17 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.