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26 Apr 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 03:33 GMT

by Roland LLOYD PARRY

As government troops face off against pro-Russian separatists, Ukraine is also manoeuvring on the financial front, scrambling to stave off disaster by renegotiating its foreign debts.

Kiev's pro-Western government owes billions of dollars to US and London-based investors, among others, as well as Russia, its rival in the current conflict that has pushed Ukraine's recession-hit economy to the brink.

25 Apr 2015 description

This Report is for the media and public

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations*. The SMM discussed a demilitarization plan for Shyrokyne. The SMM held a round table involving pro and anti-Maidan activists in Odessa.

24 Apr 2015 description

KYIV, 24 April 2015 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), was joined in Kyiv today by Valeria Lutkovska, Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner, for the launch of ODIHR’s new two-year project.

24 Apr 2015 description

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations*. The SMM were prevented from accessing part of Shyrokyne (20km east of Mariupol) by “Donetsk People’s Republic” members. The SMM revisited heavy weapons holding areas, and noted some weapons had been removed. Protests in Kyiv were monitored by the SMM.

24 Apr 2015 description

KYIV, 24 April 2015 –The need for women, as active stakeholders in conflict, to be included in prevention and resolution processes was stressed during a workshop supported by the OSCE Project Co-ordination in Ukraine, OSCE Gender Section and UN Women on 23 and 24 April in Kyiv.

24 Apr 2015 description

Le Vice Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders a décidé d’allouer une contribution de €50.000 pour la mission de surveillance des droits de l’Homme en Ukraine du Bureau du Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’Homme des Nations Unies.

23 Apr 2015 description

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On 23 April 2015 at 07:25hrs (Moscow time), a Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 62 vehicles were checked by the Russian border guard and customs services. All the vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 18:40hrs on 23 April.


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23 Apr 2015 description

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations*. Fighting continued around Donetsk airport and Shyrokyne. The SMM observed military movement on both sides of the contact line.

22 Apr 2015 description

The Food Security Cluster (FSC) was activated the 23rd December 2014 in order to coordinate the assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine. It currently has 15 partners contributing to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), however 35 humanitarian actors, have been involved with the cluster (either by approaching the cluster for information and guidance or by attending cluster meetings).

22 Apr 2015 description

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations, with SMM patrols restricted from moving freely in government-controlled areas around Mariupol and in areas under “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) control.* Fighting was of reduced intensity around Donetsk airport and nearby villages, and Shyrokyne was generally calm during the day. Heavy weapons continued to be moved on both sides of the contact line.

22 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

As we arrive at a humanitarian aid distribution centre in Kramatorsk, I see children queuing with their mothers and fathers – children who should be attending school or playing outside with their friends – waiting to receive basic hygiene supplies like soap, diapers, buckets and detergent.

22 Apr 2015 description

By Helena Laatio, Finnish Red Cross

There is a steady whirring of a half a dozen of sewing machines. Women, some of them belonging to those who flew from the conflict zone in Ukraine, are sewing bed sheets meant for people with similar stories of flight from the dangers posed by the violence in their country. Most of them left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

21 April 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and continuing international efforts to mediate a peace in the war-torn region, a United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.

21 Apr 2015 description

This report is for the media and general public.

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations.* Fighting intensified around Donetsk airport and Shyrokyne. The SMM observed military movements on both sides of the contact line.

21 Apr 2015 description

Two months after the Minsk agreement, the situation in Eastern Ukraine is on the whole calm. To respond to the medical needs on both sides of the frontline, MSF has expanded its medical activities. In Debaltseve in particular, an MSF team is providing assistance to the affected population in this city located half-way between Donetsk and Luhansk, now controlled by the rebels and where heavy fighting continued until Februrary 18, i.e. three days after the cease-fire came into force. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator, describes the situation in Debaltseve.