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26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description
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Appeal Target: US$ 814,847

Balance Requested: US$ 648,182

Geneva, 26 July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine remains difficult and continues to deteriorate. This is due to the fighting clashes which began in April 2014 between militia armed groups in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, and the forces and armed groups under the central government in Kiev.

25 Jul 2016 description

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, more people living across the contact line and in nongovernment controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have less access to and fewer resources for adequate health care.

25 Jul 2016 description

OVERVIEW

Some 525,000 individuals and 87,000 vehicles have crossed the ‘contact line’ through the five operational checkpoints between 1 and 21 July 2016. People keep crossing despite insecurity and hardship to visit relatives, access markets, cash, basic services and receive their social benefits and pensions.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

21 Jul 2016 description

Key Figures

  • 72.9 per cent
    of people crossing the line of contact are concerned about insecurity
  • 61 per cent
    cross by private cars
  • 43.3 per cent
    are aged 40-65
  • 74.3 per cent
    travel to visit relatives
  • 51.8 per cent
    cross the line of contact every month

Funding

USD 34.8 million
requested for the operation in 2016

21 Jul 2016 description

The SMM recorded a similarly high number of ceasefire violations in Donetsk region compared with the previous reporting period, with violence focused in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata area, northern Donetsk city and Horlivka. In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded an increase in the total number of recorded ceasefire violations, all of which occurred around Stanytsia Luhanska bridge, but noted a decrease in the total number of explosions.

21 Jul 2016 description
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Both the Ukrainian government authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine are holding civilians in prolonged arbitrary and sometimes secret detention and torturing them, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today.