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23 Nov 2014 description

KYIV, Ukraine – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $3 million contribution to the U.N. World Food Program's (WFP) emergency operation in Ukraine to assist 120,000 Ukrainians affected by the ongoing conflict.

22 Nov 2014 description

Situation Overview

Fighting in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine is reportedly at its worst since a ceasefire agreement was reached in early September. Ceasefire violations are reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Insecurity compounded by winter weather and reduced or limited social services are increasing the vulnerability and need of affected populations.

The humanitarian community continues to scale-up humanitarian assistance activities and presence in response to growing needs.

22 Nov 2014 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 10:14 GMT

by Katherine HADDON

Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

The latest declarations from Ukraine's defence minister threaten to provoke fresh Russian anger as the government in the former Soviet state flags its allegiance to the West ever more clearly.

22 Nov 2014 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 07:53 GMT

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor's office announced.

Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.

21 Nov 2014 description

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food vouchers to 10,000 internally displaced people in northern Donetsk as part of an emergency operation to feed 120,000 people over the next six months.

The families, mainly displaced because of the ongoing fighting in the region, can redeem the one-off vouchers worth US$45 from local shops in the area. This initial round of food voucher distribution has injected close to half a million dollars into the economy of local host communities.

21 Nov 2014 description

The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Ukraine as it works to establish security, restore economic stability, strengthen the rule of law, advance the fight against corruption, and carry out democratic and constitutional reforms. The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and their choice of democracy, reform, and European integration.

21 Nov 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the activities of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC).

21 Nov 2014 description

The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Donbas in Eastern Ukraine has now exceeded 460,000, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service.

Of these, some 160,000 have registered with the authorities, according to the Ministry of Social Policy. As winter sets in, the conflict, in which over 4,000 people have died and over 9,000 have been wounded, shows no sign of abating.

20 Nov 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the activities of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC).

In Luhansk the SMM met with a former “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) member who said that there were six military groups operating within the “LPR”. According to him there were armed “LPR” personnel, volunteer “LPR” armed groups and four armed independent Cossack groups. Each of these groups has its own area of responsibility he added.

20 Nov 2014 description

The government will allocate 50,000 euro in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds are provided from the resources planned in the central government budget for official development aid, and are intended to mitigate the serious socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the country. They will be provided through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

20 Nov 2014 description

VIENNA, 20 November 2014 – The mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk has been extended by one month to 23 December 2014, following a consensus decision taken by all 57 OSCE participating States today.

The Mission was initially launched on 29 July 2014 following a consensus decision of the OSCE Permanent Council on 24 July, and was mandated for a period of three months. On 22 October 2014, the Mission’s mandate was renewed by one month in a consensus decision taken by the OSCE Permanent Council.

20 Nov 2014 description

Serious human rights violations persist in eastern Ukraine despite tenuous ceasefire – UN report

GENEVA (20 November 2014) – Civilians have continued to be killed, unlawfully detained, tortured and disappeared in eastern Ukraine, and the number of internally displaced people has risen considerably despite the announcement of a ceasefire on 5 September, according to a new UN human rights monitoring report released Thursday.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Council of Europe

Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine before the Committee of Ministers

STRASBOURG

The anniversary of the first chapter of the tragic events of the Maidan demonstrations of 30 November approaches. Six months ago the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine began its work supervising the criminal investigations being conducted by the national authorities into all Maidan-related violence.

20 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Violence continues to increase on a daily base in Eastern Ukraine. The two-month-old ceasefire is under severe threat with each side accusing the other of having violated the terms of the peace plan.

Two children were killed and four injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014. UNICEF issued a statement calling all parties of the conflict to keep children out of harm’s way.

19 Nov 2014 description

Military personnel shoot in the direction of an OSCE convoy near government-controlled Mariinka (15km W of Donetsk).

12:38hrs, an OSCE convoy composed of two vehicles was travelling east from Kurakhovo (30km W of Donetsk) towards the city of Donetsk.

Near the area of Mariinka, about 80m ahead of the convoy, there was a flat-bed cargo truck carrying a large green wooden box, with two uniformed personnel on board wearing helmets. The SMM observed tactical marks of two white vertical lines on the tail-gate of the vehicle and on the passenger door.

19 Nov 2014 description

On 17 November the SMM met with the governor of Luhansk to discuss ways to facilitate relief activities in the village of Trokhizbenka (45km NW of Luhansk), under the control of Ukrainian forces, where inhabitants have been without electricity and water for several days as a result of heavy shelling. As the village is located close to areas where fighting is ongoing, repair workers have thus far not been able to proceed.