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03 Mar 2015 description

Kiev

The ICRC:

  • made 21 visits to people held in connection with the conflict at nine places of detention in Kharkiv, Kiev, Odessa, Poltava and Zaporizhia, during which we assessed the treatment the detainees were receiving and the conditions under which they were being held;

  • visited and registered more than 170 detainees held in connection with the conflict at places of detention under Ukrainian government control;

  • collected messages containing family news from detainees and delivered them to the detainees' families.

03 Mar 2015 description

This report is for the media and the public.

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. The SMM, based on its monitoring – which was restricted by third parties and by security considerations – noted the security situations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to be relatively calm, although distant shelling and gunfire were heard by the SMM. The SMM also monitored “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled Shyrokyne – which has experienced recent fighting.

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

03 Mar 2015 description

Posted on Tue, Mar-03-2015

Ukraine - Humanitarian needs are spiralling in Ukraine with aid agencies tripling the number of people targeted for aid in 2015 from 900,000 to 3.2 million. According to the government, the conflict in the east of the country has already displaced over a million people. According to the UN, the conflict has already left of 6,000 people dead since April 2014.

03 Mar 2015 description

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 06:41 GMT

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday cast doubt on hopes that a UN-backed truce with pro-Russian rebels will stick, as he called for an expansion of international monitoring.

"The situation on the ground is very difficult and tense despite a declared ceasefire. We still have many shells thrown by terrorists" in eastern Ukraine, Klimkin told reporters in Tokyo.

03 Mar 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine – To better respond to the growing need to record human rights violations in the east of Ukraine, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting a number of civic human rights monitors and investigators to ensure that human rights are upheld and violations are accounted for.

03 Mar 2015 description

In February, the political crisis worsened in Yemen, whose territorial disintegration is in danger of accelerating, while in Bangladesh political violence threatens to further destabilise the country; Venezuela’s downward spiral also continued amid deep political polarisation. Deadly violence rose in Libya, where the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the internal conflict receded further; in Syria, where the regime and its allies initiated a major campaign against rebels in the south; and in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and Niger.

02 Mar 2015 description

Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Monday 3/2/2015 - 18:40 GMT

by Stéphane JOURDAIN

Government forces in Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists they have been battling for 10 months insist they are withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline, as called for by a February ceasefire deal.

But confirming that the big guns are really being pulled back is proving difficult, creating frustration among residents trapped by the fighting.

02 Mar 2015 description

This report is for the media and public

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Movement of heavy weapons was monitored by the SMM in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

02 Mar 2015 description

UNDP experts visited Donetsk and Lugansk regions to select sites for social care restoration as a part of the UNDP and the Government of Japan project, "Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts."

02 Mar 2015 description

Highlights
● On 24 February, the revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Ukraine was launched, appealing for USD 316 million for 3.2 million of the most conflict- affected people.
● People in bunkers in Donetsk lack access to potable water, sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies. Several locations in the east still do not have access to water.
● An estimated 2,000 people have returned to Debaltseve; many who remained are traumatized. The UN and humanitarian partners are providing humanitarian assistance.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Caritas

By Caroline Brennan

Alexandre Veliky is turning 60 today. His wife Galina has invited their dearest friends, Anatoly and Lyubav, whom they’ve known since college, to come for a modest lunch in their new surroundings — a run-down, drafty cottage in rural Izyum, eastern Ukraine

Both couple had good jobs and houses this time last year. They are now homeless, having been forced to flee their hometown of Lugansk when conflict erupted in heavy shelling and fighting.

02 Mar 2015 description

China’s presidency of the Security Council during the “very busy” month of February was guided by the principles of objectivity, impartiality, efficiency and transparency, the country’s Permanent Representative said at a Headquarters briefing this afternoon.

“By and large, the Council’s work has been accomplished in a smooth way,” Ambassador Liu Jieyi told correspondents, through 20 public meetings and 15 informal consultations to consider more than 20 agenda items. Seven resolutions and two presidential statements were adopted and 14 press statements were issued.

02 Mar 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Monday 3/2/2015 - 13:34 GMT

One soldier has been killed in east Ukraine, but a shaky two-week-old ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels was still largely holding, the army said Monday.

"During the last 24 hours one Ukrainian soldier was killed and four others injured," Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said, without giving further details.

After 10 months of conflict, which has claimed over 6,000 lives according to a UN report published Monday, the fighting has abated along many parts of the frontline.

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Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, Zeid says, as UN releases new report

GENEVA (2 March 2015) – The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 has now passed the 6,000* mark, in spite of successive ceasefires, the UN Human Rights Office announced Monday, saying the escalation in fighting in recent weeks, particularly near Donetsk airport and in the Debaltseve area, resulted in hundreds of deaths, both civilian and military, and an untenable situation for those trapped or held hostage in the areas controlled by armed groups.

02 Mar 2015 description

Today, another Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy consisting of more than 170 trucks delivered more than 1,800 tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. Among the supplies, there were food, medicines, daily necessities, textbooks and books for students of higher and general education institutions, as well as other material resources necessary for the sustenance of the population.

02 Mar 2015 description

Finland has allocated EUR 500,000 in humanitarian aid to help the victims of the Ukraine conflict. The support will be channelled to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) via the Finnish Red Cross.

01 Mar 2015 description

VIENNA, 1 March 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today said that the death of Sergei Nikolayev, a photojournalist with the Ukrainian newspaper Segodnya, in eastern Ukraine shows the need for urgent efforts to ensure journalists’ safety in conflict zones.

“Nikolayev’s death is yet another gruesome reminder of the alarming situation concerning journalists’ safety during the crisis in and around Ukraine,” Mijatović said, expressing her sincere condolences to Nikolayev’s family and colleagues.