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

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the activities of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination. In Lviv the SMM observed a lustration march.

The situation in Kharkiv remained calm.

In an area located around 10km north of Shchastya (25km N of Luhansk) the SMM heard artillery shelling from the south-east and the sound of impacts approximately 3-5km north-west from its position. The SMM also heard sporadic anti-aircraft fire outgoing from the area of Shchastya.

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

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum. The Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained tense. A number of shelling instances were noted.

The situation remained calm in Kharkiv.

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Belarus: Population movement Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRBY005

A. Situation analysis

Description of the emergency

Since June 2014 Belarus has seen increasing numbers of people fleeing the areas of conflict in Ukraine. At 16 October, the authorities reported that the number of asylum applications reached 511, while some 30,000 Ukrainian citizens are reportedly seeking other forms of legal stay in Belarus.

The Department on Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior of Belarus reports over 49,000 citizens of Ukraine registered in Belarus over nine months of 2014.

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East Ukraine's rebels prepare for a long war

Lukove, Ukraine | AFP | Thursday 10/30/2014 - 04:11 GMT

by Nicolas MILETITCH

As winter approaches in Ukraine's eastern countryside, pro-Russian rebels and Kiev forces eye each other uneasily across a ragged frontline. Despite signing a truce, both seem to be digging in for the long haul.

"We are repairing this tank after it was hit by mortar shells yesterday. The war will be long. If Kiev wanted peace it would have finished a long time ago," a rebel commander of a checkpoint near the village of Lukove said.

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Ban deplores planned holding of November ‘elections’ by rebel groups

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29 October 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine of their own “elections” on 2 November, calling the potential polls a “breach of the constitution and national law.”

“These ‘elections’ will seriously undermine the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum, which need to be urgently implemented in full,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola, Syria and Iraq crises: the Federal Council grants an additional CHF 40 million

Bern, 29.10.2014 - The Federal Council wishes to strengthen Switzerland's support for Ebola victims and crisis-hit populations in Syria and Iraq. This Wednesday it decided to grant an additional CHF 40 million, which will be used equally in order to tackle these humanitarian crises. Part of this contribution will be financed by the FDFA, via the SDC. For the remaining CHF 17.5 million, the Federal Council is seeking approval from Parliament for additional funds.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Nordic energy efficiency and humanitarian support initiative in eastern and southern Ukraine

The Nordic foreign ministers today decided to provide early assistance to Ukraine in the field of humanitarian reconstruction and energy efficiency. The aid is to be made available for the affected and vulnerable regions of eastern and southern Ukraine.

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In ravaged Ukraine rebel city, one man dreams of heat this winter

Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Wednesday 10/29/2014 - 05:19 GMT

by Nicolas MILETITCH

Winter is coming to war-torn east Ukraine and 90-year-old Vasily Semyonovich is getting increasingly worried.

His home is close to the bombed out ruins of the airport in rebel-held Donetsk where separatist fighters still battle government troops daily.

But as temperatures begin to drop below zero he has other concerns -- how he'll keep himself warm through the months of bitter cold ahead.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Russian Emergencies Ministry sends humanitarian aid to Luhansk and Donetsk regions

In response to many requests from the residents of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics the Russian Emergencies Ministry has decided to put together another shipment of humanitarian aid.

In their requests residents and leaders of the republics tell about current social and economic state, which is on the edge of a humanitarian disaster and ask for urgent help especially when winter is coming.

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World + 13 others
In Presidential Statement, Security Council Urges States to Bolster Protection, Empowerment of Displaced Women, Girls

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During Day-Long Debate, Over 70 Speakers Take Stock of Progress, Recommending Targeted Solutions to Stem Threats from Violent Extremism

The Security Council today urged States, other parties to conflicts and the United Nations system to step up measures to protect and empower displaced women and girls and those facing threats of violent extremism, ahead of a day-long debate on women, peace and security.

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

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum. The Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained tense. Shelling resumed in the Mariupol area. The NGO “Territorial Defence” in Ivano-Frankivsk is prepared to protect the region from possible military and terrorist threats.

At 10:25hrs there was a bomb alert at the regional administration building in Kharkiv’s Liberty Square. The building was evacuated and no explosive device was found.

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World + 49 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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

This report is for media and the general public.

The situation remained calm on Election Day throughout most of Ukraine, including around Shchastya in the Luhansk region, where a local truce seems to have been arranged, and in Donetsk city. A number of frontline villages to the south of Donetsk city were, however, subjected to shelling.

The SMM noted that Kharkiv city remained calm on Election Day, with an SBU (State Security Services) point-of-contact providing a similar assessment to the SMM at 16:30hrs.

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WFP Ukraine Situation Report #4, 23 October 2014

Highlights

  • WFP in Ukraine is preparing to scale up its response to reach 120,000 individuals through a new Emergency Operation (EMOP). Beginning in November, the EMOP will cover critical food needs during cold weather months through April 2015.

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Ukrainians have voted for peace and Europe, says EP chief observer Plenkovic

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Stronger democracy and a "strategic choice for peace and Europe" was the Ukrainian people's message in Sunday's elections to the Verkhovna Rada, said Andrej Plenkovic (EPP, HR), head of the EP delegation at the international election monitors' press conference in Kiev on Monday. "Our assessment is very positive. The elections were conducted in line with international standards," he said.

MEPs had observed Ukrainian people casting their votes with a sense of pride and strong civic duty, he noted.

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Ukraine's rebel city residents live underground for months

Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Tuesday 10/28/2014 - 02:15 GMT

by Nicolas MILETITCH

Ever since fierce shelling in east Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk forced her to flee her home four months ago, Svetlana, a grandmother, has been living underground.

"I've spent four months in this bomb shelter," she said, cradling her 19-month-old grandson. "Whenever I go out, I risk being killed by a shell."

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Pakistan + 10 others
Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (Tenth Report: October 2014)

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan set a clear first objective: to stop wild polio virus transmission globally by the end of 2014. To deliver this formidable goal, the polio-infected countries and their partners made huge financial and operational pledges to complete the job they had started 25 years previously.

With just weeks to go until the end of 2014, this global target will not be achieved. The virus continues to thrive in two parts of the world that it has never been dislodged from.

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Elections in Ukraine another step towards stabilization, says CiO, calling for enhanced efforts to implement Minsk commitments

BERN, 27 October 2014 - Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, congratulated Ukrainians for taking part in the early elections of the parliamentary assembly.

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Ukraine picks moderates over radicals in war-time vote

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Sunday 10/26/2014 - 22:23 GMT | 772 words

by Dmitry ZAKS

Ukraine's parliamentary election saw war-weary voters shunt aside pro-Russian and radical nationalists and pick moderates who favour a mix of market economics and eastern European conservative values.

The tense day's clearest victories were scored by the president's Petro Poroshenko Bloc and the National Front group of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

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