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Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Friday 1/30/2015 - 19:09 GMT

by Simon Valmary and Yulia Silina

Civilians queuing for aid handouts in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday became the five latest casualties of a conflict which makes daily life a gamble, for those who haven't already fled.

Municipal workers in the self-proclaimed separatist capital in eastern Ukraine used white sheets to cover the shattered bodies of the victims in front of the Kuybyshev Cultural Centre, a known aid distribution point.

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Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Friday 1/31/2015 - 06:12 GMT

by Charles ONIANS and Yulia SILINA in Donetsk

Kiev's pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels' vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail.

The urgent new round of negotiations in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday under pressure from European envoys was postponed due to disagreements over who should represent the rebel camp.

30 Jan 2015 description

MINSK, 30 January 2015 - On 28 January President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group, the Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, representative of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, and representative of the Russian Federation, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov to exchange views on the most pressing questions relating to the de-escalation of the situation in some districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

30 Jan 2015 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed military equipment and vehicles in Donetsk region.

30 Jan 2015 description

Crisis Overview

 Fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues despite ceasefire declarations. Violence has escalated significantly since mid-January. Rocket explosions and indiscriminate shelling have killed more civilians and further destroyed infrastructure. In late January separatist groups launched an offensive on the government-controlled port city of Mariupol, home to some half a million people and strategically located between mainland Russia and the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea. Violations of international humanitarian law are likely.

30 Jan 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$332,766

Balance Requested: US$ 16,760

Geneva, 30 January 2015 Dear Colleagues,

30 Jan 2015 description

Minsk, Belarus | AFP | Friday 30/1/2015 - 15:29 GMT

by Charles ONIANS

Truce talks between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian insurgents appeared to collapse Friday after 24 people, mostly civilians, were reported killed in heavy weapons fire in eastern Ukraine, prompting new European criticism of Russia.

Plans for the talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk were announced on Thursday, raising hopes of dialogue amid the collapse of a September truce in a war that has killed at least 5,100 people, according to the United Nations.

30 Jan 2015 description

Kyiv, 30 January 2015 - The United Nations in Ukraine is alarmed by the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Debaltseve, Horlivka and other densely populated areas in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting has intensified in recent days. This makes it increasingly difficult to deliver essential and life-saving assistance to the affected population and for civilians to find safety.

30 Jan 2015 description

As prepared for delivery

KYIV - It is good to be in Kyiv today, and I want to thank Finance Minister Jaresko for welcoming me to Ukraine.

Ukraine's struggle for independence and peace over the past year has been tremendously challenging.

The ongoing military offensive against various cities and towns in eastern Ukraine being carried out by Russia-backed separatists is just another example of the violence and extreme perils that Ukraine continues to face.

30 Jan 2015 description

Anna Sokolova, a native of the war-torn city of Donetsk, recently joined OCHA’s team in Kharkov, eastern Ukraine. Anna reflects on her shift from someone affected by the crisis, to someone involved in the humanitarian response.

Update: since this story was written, violence in Donetsk has intensified, forcing more people to leave the city and head for Kharkov and other points of refuge. Volunteers in Kharkov say that hundreds of people are ready to leave the conflict zone once secure evacuation routes are open.

30 Jan 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 29 January 2015

The European Commission is determined to make sure that Ukraine has all the support it needs, in the short and long term, to undertake the political and economic reforms that are necessary to consolidate a democratic, independent, united and prosperous Ukraine (This MEMO provides detailed information on the European Commission's principal actions in support to Ukraine. It is not intended to be comprehensive. See also MEMO/14/346).

29 Jan 2015 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). In areas under control of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) the SMM observed movement of unmarked military vehicles. In Luhansk the SMM observed damage caused by recent shelling.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

A year into the conflict in Ukraine, the country faces a growing humanitarian crisis in the eastern region with thousands of children swept up in the violence. Despite the ceasefire agreement signed in early September 2014, continuous fighting is having a devastating impact on the lives of children. As of 2 December 2014, 42 children have died as a result of the violence, and the number of internally displaced people (IDP) has reached 526,7231, of which 131,161 are children2.

29 Jan 2015 description

BELGRADE, 29 January 2015 - The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, this evening held a telephone conversation with his Special Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, who briefed him on the latest developments in the implementation of the peace plan in eastern Ukraine.

29 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). Overall cross-border traffic flows slightly increased at both BCPs. The OM continued to observe a number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions.

DETAIL

OM’s staff composition

29 Jan 2015 description

Svitlodarsk, Ukraine | AFP | Thursday 1/29/2015 - 13:11 GMT

by Laetitia PERON

Wheeling suitcases and hauling bags, residents of Svitlodarsk peered into a bus departing from this heavily shelled east Ukrainian town.

"Is there still room?" one woman asked, anxious to send her teenage son to safety.

The town, controlled by Ukrainian government authorities, has been under rocket fire day and night, said residents, desperate to get their children away from the frontline as pro-Russian separatists push a new offensive.

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report Human Rights Watch

(Beyrouth, le 29 janvier 2015) – Les gouvernements commettent une grave erreur lorsqu'ils délaissent les droits humains dans leurs réponses à de graves défis sécuritaires, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd'hui, à l’occasion de la publication de son Rapport mondial 2015.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos

(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.