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19 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 18 February 2017 17:28 GMT

Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agree to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine

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By John Irish and Andrea Shalal

MUNICH, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine.

18 Feb 2017 description

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations compared with the previous reporting period in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The SMM continued monitoring the disengagement areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, Petrivske and Zolote, but its access remained restricted.* Outside of the disengagement areas the sides also continued to restrict the Mission’s monitoring, particularly in areas not controlled by the Government.* The SMM noted three tanks and two anti-tank guns in violation of withdrawal lines in areas not under government control and one howitzer in violation in an area controlled by …

17 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission noted a significant increase in ceasefire violations in Donetsk Oblast, including over 10,330 explosions, compared with around 2,500 in December 2016;

• Due to conflict escalation in late January, approximately 1.8 million people, including 252,000 children, on both sides of the ‘contact line,’ are at risk as critical civilian infrastructure (i.e. water, electricity, heating) was damaged;

17 Feb 2017 description

In Ukraine, the ICRC is helping people affected by the conflict in collaboration with the Ukrainian Red Cross. Here are our main activities in 2016 :

  • 13,800 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid were delivered to people in the conflict-affected area.

  • 1.4 million people on both sides of the contact line benefited from uninterrupted water supply.

  • 15 health facilities, damaged due to the conflict, received roofing, construction materials and heaters.

17 Feb 2017 description

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations compared with the previous reporting period in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The SMM continued monitoring the disengagement areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, Petrivske and Zolote, but its access remained restricted.* Beyond the disengagement areas, too, the sides continued to restrict the Mission’s monitoring on numerous occasions through direct denials of access or other impediments, including by not removing mines.* The SMM noted weapons in violation of withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line and noted weapons missing from storage …

17 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
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KYIV/GENEVA, 17 February 2017 – As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year, said UNICEF.

The increase – an additional 420,000 girls and boys – is due to the continued fighting and the steady deterioration of life in eastern Ukraine, where some 1.7 million people have been internally displaced, and many families have lost their incomes, social benefits and access to healthcare, while the price of living has sharply risen.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Improve Security, Facilities Along the Line of Contact, Facilitate Better Crossing for Civilians

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian civilians are exposed to risks to their health and safety – even grave danger – as they face endless waits when they need to go back and forth across the contact line between government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine and the separatist-held Luhansk and Donetsk regions, Human Rights Watch said today.

17 Feb 2017 description

Ukraine conflict: End impunity for sexual violence, UN report urges

GENEVA/KYIV (16 February 2017) – Survivors of sexual violence committed in the context of the armed conflict in Ukraine are often denied justice and left without adequate care and counselling, causing them to be victimized twice, according to a UN report published today.

16 Feb 2017 description

This Operations Update n° 7 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) during the period between 1 March 2016 and 31 December 2016, with the support of its partners to meet the needs of internally displaced persons and returnees affected by the armed conflict in Ukraine.

Summary

16 Feb 2017 description

The conflict in Ukraine has caused massive displacements of people from eastern regions to other parts of the country. It is estimated that there are now around 1.7 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in both the Government Controlled Area (GCA) and the Non-Government Controlled Area (NGCA). Most of them now live in the GCA in a secure environment, though they face many obstacles in meeting their daily needs.

16 Feb 2017 description

In January, the State Border Guards Service (SBGS) recorded some 586,000 individual and 100,000 vehicle crossings of the ‘contact line’ in both directions, representing a 17 per cent decrease compared with December. The decline was observed during the New Year holidays and at the end of January, coinciding with a sharp spike of insecurity along the ‘contact line’. In 2016, SBGS registered nearly 8.5 million individual crossings.

16 Feb 2017 description

A handful of older people who stayed behind struggle to keep warm in the harsh winter after conflict drove out younger residents.

By: Inna Varenytsia in Luhanske, Ukraine | 16 February 2017 The village of Luhanske, on the front line in eastern Ukraine, looks abandoned during the day. Only smoke from some of the chimneys shows that people still live there. Just a handful of elderly residents brave the shelling and the severe cold to call Luhanske their home.

16 Feb 2017 description

KYIV, 16 February 2017 - Civilians living in conflict-affected areas on both sides of the contact line in eastern Ukraine continue to experience undue suffering owing to armed violence, insecurity and restrictions imposed by the sides, says a new report issued today by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM).

15 Feb 2017 description

Nearly 100 medical facilities belonging to, or supported by, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been bombed since 2015. The vast majority were in Syria, the others in Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Sudan.

15 Feb 2017 description
report International Alert

International Alert has provided peacebuilding trainings to over 40 Ukrainian NGOs, most of whom are based in Eastern Ukraine close to the confrontation line.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since February 2014 as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, which has also left 1.7 million internally displaced and forced nearly 800,000 to flee the country. Fighting in Eastern Ukraine still occurs regularly, sometimes heavily, and military and civilian casualties are reported every week.

15 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

• The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine is 1,641,895 as of 30 January 2017, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

• IOM assisted over 129,000 vulnerable IDPs and conflictaffected people in 21 regions of Ukraine.

• 73% of IDPs surveyed within the IOM National Monitoring System (NMS) claimed that they were going to stay in their current places of residence. 10% expressed willingness to return home.