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30 Apr 2017 description

Summary of Response

From August 2016 to March 2017, twenty-two partners across Ukraine conducted Shelter and NFI related winterization response activities. This year’s winterization had four objectives largely focusing on implementation on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. Three partners, however, had available resources to assist the most vulnerable residing in other areas of Ukraine. The results of this year’s winterization are represented in the table below:

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast below previous year’s level

  • Cereal exports in 2017/18 marketing year forecast to decline from previous year’s level

  • Export and domestic prices of wheat remained stable in April

Cereal production in 2017 forecast below previous year’s level

28 Apr 2017 description

WARSAW, 28 April 2017 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), today condemned last night’s attack on the Assembly members in Skopje and called for urgent steps to resolve the situation peacefully.

“I appeal for immediate political dialogue in the parliament to ensure non-violent solutions are put in place as a matter of urgency,” Director Link said, following the incident in which the Assembly building was stormed by protesters, leading to injuries among lawmakers as well as law enforcement officers.

28 Apr 2017 description

VIENNA, 28 April 2017 - The OSCE Permanent Council issued in Vienna yesterday a declaration of support for the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine following the tragic incident in eastern Ukraine on 23 April in which an SMM patrol member was killed in the line of duty by an explosion.

The Council expressed its sorrow and offered deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased patrol member.

27 Apr 2017 description

This report is for the general public and the media.

SUMMARY

On 27 April 2017 at 07:04 (Moscow time), the sixty-second[1] Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 15 vehicles were checked by the Russian border guards and customs services prior to them crossing into Ukraine. All of the 15 vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 14:58 on 27 April.

DETAIL

Leaving the Russian Federation

27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fighting continues to damage critical water and power supply infrastructure, limiting access to safe drinking water for thousands of civilians

  • Restrictions on freedom of movement and access to basic services for civilians living in NGCAs continue

  • Humanitarian access and protection remain concerns in conflict-affected areas

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Apr 2017 description

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but, following the serious security incident that involved an SMM patrol on 23 April near Pryshyb, its monitoring in eastern Ukraine continued to be conducted with some security restrictions, which affected its observations, including of ceasefire violations. The Mission continued assessing the site of the 23 April incident. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske.

27 Apr 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This document provides an overview of open-source-reported new laws or regulations affecting NGOs, and a summary of reported administrative decisions that affected their ability to operate. Links to the relevant Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief (in brackets in each sentence) provide further information.

27 Apr 2017 description
report United Nations

26 April 2017 – The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

26 Apr 2017 description

This report is for the general public and the media.

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 20 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

26 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Toby Fricker

“My cat's eyes were so wide, he was also very afraid,” Diana tells us matter of factly. The 10-year-old is explaining what happened during a recent day of intense shelling in Avdiivka, her hometown on the frontline of east Ukraine’s more than three-year-old conflict.

This is where you hear first-hand the violence that continues unabated, and see its impact, mostly out of the media spotlight.

25 Apr 2017 description
report Small Arms Survey

Measuring Illicit Arms Flows: Ukraine is the fourth case study in a series examining the measurement of illicit arms flows in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 16.

Based on interviews carried out in Kiev in addition to desk research , this analysis outlines the sources of illicit arms flows in Ukraine and the status of government plans or action to counter the problem, the trafficking routes used to smuggle weapons, and key indicators of illicit arms flows in the period 2010-2016.

Key findings:

24 Apr 2017 description

“Hungarian state aid will this year again be making it possible for seven hundred Ukrainian children, whose fathers died or were wounded in the armed conflict in the Donets Basin, to vacation in Hungary together with a companion”, Minister of State for Churches, Minorities and Civil Affairs Miklós Soltész announced on Friday in Kiev at a press conference held jointly with Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Social Policy Natalya Fedorovich.