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With rebels at the door, Ukrainian children start school

09/01/2014 19:35 GMT

by Nicolas GAUDICHET

VOLNOVAKHA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem?" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students.

It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine."

But as the crowded classrooms in this school in eastern Ukraine go to show, there is little unity to be found outside the school walls.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 31 August 2014

Donetsk city was affected by sporadic shelling in the early hours of 31 August. “DPR” announced its intention to release 15 Ukrainian soldiers held in Ilovaysk. The situation in Mariupol was calm; the SMM observed checkpoints around the city.

In Kharkiv city the situation remained calm.

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Rising Civilian Toll in Luhansk

At least 300 Civilians Killed Since May, Many in Indiscriminate Bombings

(Berlin, September 1, 2014) – Unlawful government and insurgent attacks in and around Luhansk are contributing to rising civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. According to a morgue doctor in Luhansk, explosive weapons have killed more than 300 civilians in the city since May.

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Commission Implementing Decision of XXX financing emergency humanitarian actions for Ukrainian crisis-affected population from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/UKR/BUD/2014/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1, and in particular Article 2(a), Article 4 and Article 13 thereof,

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Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 29 August 2014

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The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) monitored a demonstration in Kharkiv attended by approximately 400 supporters of Ukraine’s unity in front of the Consulate of the Russian Federation on 28 August. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. OSCE twitterOSCE FacebookOSCE Google+OSCE LinkedInOSCE SoundCloudOSCE Instagram PRESS RELEASE

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Spot Report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM): SMM establishment of advance team in Mariupol, 28 August 2014

The SMM established an advance team in Mariupol to monitor the security situation in the area. This presence is being strengthened.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 28 August 2014)

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Ukraine: Situation report No. 9 as of 29 August 2014

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Highlights:

  • Rebels are threatening to take the key port of Mariupol, after opening a new front in the south-east. They have reportedly captured the town of Novoazovsk and are advancing on the port. This is likely to create another wave of displacement amongst parts of the close to half a million people living in an area that until now had escaped fighting.

  • At least 4,445 people including 46 children have been wounded and 1,830 people including 28 children were killed n eastern Ukraine as of 27 August (source OHCHR/WHO).

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Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected by all sides and at all times, says Chair

Bern, August 29, 2014 - Swiss Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Didier Burkhalter, expressed great concern about the spreading of military confrontation to further areas in eastern parts of Ukraine and the respective escalation of tensions. He also said that reports about growing flows of military personnel and military equipment from the Russian Federation into Ukraine were greatly troubling and must be thoroughly investigated.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 28 August 2014

The SMM witnessed the impact of the conflict on the civilian population in the town of Yasynuvata, and met – in Chernivtsi – with Ukrainian activists delivering supplies to the area of fighting. The SMM deployed an advance team to Mariupol (113 km south of Donetsk) last night at 22:30hrs. They will be reinforced today. Reporting will also be initiated today.

The situation in Kharkiv was calm.

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Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - 17 August 2014

According to a new report, an average of around 36 people are being killed every day in densely populated areas of eastern Ukraine. The report documents a wide array of serious human rights abuses.

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Rebel Forces Detain, Torture Civilians

Dire Concern for Safety of Captives

(Berlin) – Russian-backed insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine are arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. They also have detained civilians for use as hostages.

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Ban alarmed by ‘dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis; Security Council holds emergency talks

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28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports that the fighting in the eastern part of the country has spread near the border with Russia.

“The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further nor can a continuation be allowed of the violence and destruction that the conflict has wrought in eastern Ukraine,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 27 August 2014

The intensity of the fighting increased in areas closer to Donetsk city centre, resulting in damage to the infrastructure, and fatalities among the civilian population. In Lviv a group of protesters tried to force its way into the building of the regional traffic police.

In Kharkiv the SMM monitored the situation on the square in front of the House of Culture, where the Lenin statue had its head removed by unknown perpetrators on 26 August. The city mayor, Mr Hennadiy Kernes, made a public statement on 27 August condemning the incident as an act of vandalism.

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OSCE to meet on 'Russia violations' in Ukraine

08/28/2014 08:36 GMT

VIENNA, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - The European security body OSCE will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss developments in conflict-torn Ukraine, following reports that Russian troops were on the ground.

"Russia violations in Ukraine to top agenda at extraordinary meet of OSCE delegations at 11:00 CET (0900 GMT) today in Vienna," the US mission to the organisation said in a tweet.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirmed the special session, which "will focus on latest developments in Ukraine".

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Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

08/27/2014 18:41 GMT

by Nicolas GAUDICHET with Maria ANTONOVA in Kiev

STAROBESHEVE, August 27, 2014 (AFP) - Rebels in east Ukraine appeared on Wednesday to have seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 26 August 2014

The SMM visited areas in the Luhansk region affected by the armed conflict. In Donetsk the SMM gathered information about incidents against priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The situation in Kharkiv remained calm.

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Cluster Munition Monitor 2014 [EN/AR]

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The Monitor reports 1,584 Syrian casualties in 2012 and 2013 due to cluster munition strikes and remnants. Of those killed, 97 per cent were civilians.