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28 Mar 2015 description

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations* – observed that fighting continued in the areas around the Donetsk airport and resumed in Shyrokyne, east of Mariupol.

(* Please see the section at the end of this report entitled “Restrictions on SMM access and freedom of movement” for further information.)

28 Mar 2015 description

UNDP in Ukraine has launched a co-financing campaign for newly created jobs for internally displaced people (both from Donbas and Crimea) residing in Donetska and Luganska oblasts, and their communities. Any enterprise, organization or institution, of both public and private ownership, as well as NGOs, can apply to participate in the program.

The initiative will support the creation of both temporary and permanent job places for internally displaced people in all regions of Ukraine, and for local citizens in Donetska and Luganska oblasts.

27 Mar 2015 description

KYIV, 27 March 2015 - Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan expressed his disappointment that the sides have breached a local ceasefire arranged by the Mission two days ago in Shyrokyne, southeast Ukraine, and urged them to stop fighting immediately.

27 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations improves as fighting subsides; travel restrictions contribute to delays in aid delivery

  • Continued violence, inadequate social services, and the scope of destruction in separatist-held territory has resulted in significant humanitarian need

  • USAID/OFDA provides $10 million in additional humanitarian funding to support conflict-affected populations in Ukraine.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Mar 2015 description

Logvinove, Ukraine | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 16:31 GMT

by Béatrice LE BOHEC

A stuffed toy horse hanging from a gate reminds visitors that the war-ravaged eastern Ukraine village of Logvinove, now held by pro-Russian separatists, was once bustling with life.

But this rural hamlet paid the ultimate price last month after a months-long siege ended with rebels wresting control of the strategic town of Debaltseve, five kilometres (3.1 miles) away along a scarred road littered with burnt-out cars.

27 Mar 2015 description

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM facilitated a local ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid in Shyrokyne, east of Mariupol. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations* – observed that fighting continued in areas around Donetsk airport.

27 Mar 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 13:40 GMT

Fighting close to the strategic eastern Ukraine port of Mariupol, the last major city in the conflict zone controlled by Kiev, claimed one civilian life overnight, police loyal to the government said Friday.

"A male inhabitant of Shyrokyne village died after suffering injuries in shelling" by pro-Russian separatists, Viktoriya Guts, a spokeswoman for Donetsk regional police, told AFP.

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

In my home country, Pakistan, the lack of access to safe drinking water is a constant problem in rural areas. However, when I came to Ukraine, I was really surprised to discover that in this country, too, some people have to cope with no drinking water for months at a time.

26 Mar 2015 description

This report is for media and the general public.

SUMMARY

On 26 March 2015 at 07:20hrs (Moscow time), a Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 82 vehicles were checked by the Russian border guard and customs services. All the vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 17:20hrs on 26 March.

DETAIL

Leaving the Russian Federation

26 Mar 2015 description

Guns have largely fallen silent in eastern Ukraine but the humanitarian crisis continues. Our colleague Mathias Eick travelled to the region to meet some of the people affected by the conflict and the European Commission's humanitarian partners who are distributing emergency assistance. Here are his impressions.

Author: Mathias Eick, Global Information Officer, ECHO

26 Mar 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | | Wednesday 3/25/2015 - 20:02 GMT

Four people were killed and 20 injured when a passenger bus hit a landmine near a government-controlled town in eastern Ukraine, local officials said Thursday.

The bus had taken a side road in order to avoid a government checkpoint near the town of Artemivsk, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, late Wednesday, said Ilia Kiva, a government-loyal deputy police chief in the Donetsk region.

26 Mar 2015 description

Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

25 Mar 2015 description

This report is for media and the general public.

SUMMARY

The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall cross-border traffic slightly decreased at both BCPs. The number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions has decreased over the past reporting week.

DETAIL

OM’s staff composition

25 Mar 2015 description

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations – observed that fighting continued north of Donetsk airport and in areas in and around Shyrokyne, east of Mariupol.*

25 Mar 2015 description

This fourth Operation Update gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the implementation of the operation between 1 November 2014 and 28 February 2015. At the same time, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishes to extend the original end date of 31 March 2015 to 31 May 2015 in the light of the prolonged conflict in the eastern parts of Ukraine.

Appeal history

25 Mar 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$810,004

Balance Requested: US$ 505,386

Geneva, 23 March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The first revision of ACT appeal UKR151 is hereby issued. This revision replaces the full appeal issued on 30 January 2015, now removed from our web site. All changes in the text are highlighted in blue.