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12 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Marinka/Kurakove, Ukraine, February 10th, 2016 – Acceptance International in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has successfully launched the project “Sanitation without Landmines & Explosive Remnants of War” in Eastern Ukraine. The first batch of seven toilet units (each with a separate male and female toilet) is now functional at the Marinka checkpoint in Donetsk oblast.

11 Feb 2016 description

This report is for media and the general public

The SMM observed numerous ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons. It followed-up on reports of civilian casualties near government-controlled Marinka, and shelling of residential areas in Donetsk city. The Mission encountered freedom-of-movement restrictions, the majority in areas not controlled by the Government. * The SMM continued to facilitate and monitor repair work to critical infrastructure.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch
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(Berlin, February 11, 2016) – Hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were used by parties to the conflict for military purposes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

10 Feb 2016 description

This report is for media and the general public

The SMM observed numerous ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons. The Mission encountered freedom-of-movement restrictions, the majority in areas not controlled by the Government. * The SMM continued to facilitate and monitor repair work to critical infrastructure.

10 Feb 2016 description

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10 Feb 2016 description

Zaitseve, Ukraine | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 03:03 GMT

by Yulia SILINA

Imagine picking your way through a minefield to go to work every day. Or even to go shopping for basic supplies.

That is what faces 42-year-old Irina, ever since one of the main crossing routes in eastern Ukraine was shuttered by a recent upsurge in attacks in the war-scarred former Soviet state.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description

NEW YORK, 9 February 2016 – At a meeting of the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova, stressed the important role that sustainable development can play in eliminating modern-day slavery.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • The overall security situation in Eastern Ukraine remains fragile with sporadic clashes and tension along the line of contact. The situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone has recently escalated with the Ukrainian positions being attacked 81 times in one day.
  • Freedom of movement across the front-line remains a concern causing long queues at the checkpoints under freezing temperatures.
09 Feb 2016 description

by Christine Mehta

There is a cemetery in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where 156 unnamed soldiers are buried. “There are some we can’t identify,” said Irina Fedorchuk, the director of the Regional State Administration in Dnepropetrovsk. “Their bones turn to ash when you touch them. There is no DNA to extract.”

08 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The third round of the national vaccination campaign in response to the polio outbreak started on 25 January, targeting 4.75 million children from the age of 2 months to 10 years.

  • An extensive training programme is being held for health professionals, school principals and others to reinforce the vaccination campaign to increase coverage rates. UNICEF has intensified its communications strategy to increase awareness amongst parents and schools.

08 Feb 2016 description

'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ukraine is serious. Five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 1.5 million internally displaced people. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in the cold Ukrainian winter. Norway is therefore providing NOK 40 million in humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine in this difficult situation,' said State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem.

08 Feb 2016 description

This report is for media and the general public

The SMM observed a significant number of ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and one in Luhansk region. It monitored the withdrawal of weapons. The Mission facilitated and monitored demining and repair works on both sides of the contact line. The SMM encountered freedom-of-movement restrictions, the majority in areas not under government control. The Mission followed up on an explosion in Kherson that damaged the exterior of a Crimean Tatar Majlis office*.

08 Feb 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Between January and December 2015, open sources reported 29 times on administrative decisions by states (26) or non-state actors (3) that affected aid agencies’ abilities to deliver aid. Seven reports referred to newly introduced bills, laws or regulations and 22 described specific measures using existing laws or regulations that affected the work of humanitarian organisations or their local partners.