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Security Council Weighs Effectiveness during ‘Eventful and at Times Tragic Month’

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Security Council
7231st Meeting (PM)

Although the Security Council should be commended for overcoming divisions and adopting important measures in the face of several grave international crises, it remained clear that Council members were once again unable or unwilling to use their influence to find sustainable political solutions, the representative of Rwanda, Council President, told the 15-member body today.

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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received by 18:00hrs, 29 July (Kyiv time)

The SMM visited Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region, which was retaken by the Ukrainian army. The situation in Donetsk deteriorated. The SMM visited three areas of Donetsk city after an explosion and assessed the damage.

The SMM in Kharkiv noted that the situation was calm.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry transports refugees from Ukraine to various regions of Russia

Today, another 380 Ukrainian citizens forced to leave their country will be transported to various regions of the Russian Federation by Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft.

Three IL-76s of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will depart from Rostov Region en route to Kazan, Ufa and St. Petersburg (people will further be carried by road to Novgorod Region). It is planned that the aircraft will carry 320 persons, who will be met by emergency workers and escorted to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for their living.

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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received by 18:00hrs, 28 July (Kyiv time)

This report is provided for media and general public.

The SMM visited Rubizhne and Shchastia – towns in the Luhansk region, which had been retaken in recent weeks by the Ukrainian army. The situation in both locations has been slowly normalising.

The SMM in Kharkiv noted that the situation was calm.

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UNHCR provides humanitarian assistance to Slavyansk

22 July 2014. UNHCR continued to distribute humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable returnees in Slavyansk, Donetsk region. 12 tons of personal hygienic items for different age and gender categories along with kitchen sets will be provided to those who have lost their houses and property in the city, heavily affected by major displacement after the recent conflict and crossfire. In June 20 metric tons of hygienic items and 20 metric tons of food were delivered to Sviatohirsk and some 5,000 displaced persons received relief items in Krasniy Lyman.

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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received by 18:00hrs, 27 July (Kyiv time)

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Fighting in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions continued. The MH17 investigative team was unable to access the crash site owing to fighting in the area. The mayor of Kremenchuk city was assassinated. Protests against partial mobilisation in Chernivtsi region persisted. The Right Sector in Ivano-Frankivsk is organising a blockade of local Lukoil petrol stations.

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Ukraine Humanitarian Situation Report #14 - 25 July 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine are jointly developing a school-based mine awareness education campaign to be launched from 1 September. The urgency for the campaign was underscored by 20 July mine explosion in Lysichansk town, Luhansk oblast, which severely wounded two children, of which one later died in hospital. Unexploded ordinances (UXOs) and unmapped mines continue to endanger children’s lives.

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Fleeing Ukrainians turn seaside resorts into refuge camps

07/28/2014 16:10 GMT

by Marion THIBAUT

SEDOVE, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - With their sunburnt backs, flip-flops and baseball caps, the families lolling about the Ukrainian resort town of Sjedove on the Azov Sea could be mistaken for holidaymakers.

But they are all refugees, fleeing the deadly combat in east Ukraine as the fighting has escalated in recent days and come closer and closer to large cities.

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Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives

Earlier this year, volunteers working with Ukrainian Red Cross Society faced risk in the service of those in need.

In February 2014 and throughout the following months, Red Cross volunteers responded to violence during protests at Maidan Square, Kiev. Over 100 people killed, and many more were injured. Red Cross volunteers provided first aid to anyone in need.

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Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 15 July 2014

The UN rights chief called both sides to take great care to prevent more civilian casualties and warned that damage to civilian infrastructure, could amount to violations of international humanitarian law

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Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release July 28, 2014

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13 including two children, killed in Ukraine rebel city clashes

07/27/2014 14:26 GMT

DONETSK, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Thirteen people including two children were killed Sunday in fierce clashes in the key insurgent holdout of Gorlivka in eastern Ukraine where government troops are battling rebels, local authorities said.

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Children affected by crisis in Ukraine tell their stories in one-minute videos

LVIV, Ukraine, 25 July 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine today released the latest in UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr video series, featuring stories by 14 internally displaced children 6 to 17 years old from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The children, now living with their families in Lviv, all took part in a seminar led by UNICEF on telling their stories by video, and produced one video each. (See http://bit.ly/tomJr-Lviv2014)

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Ukraine Situation report No.4 as of 25 July 2014

Highlights

  • All sides to the conflict are called upon to respect international humanitarian law.

  • Fatalities surpass 1,000 and humanitarian needs are on the rise.

  • Military activities intensifying in Donetsk and Luhansk sub-urban and urban areas.

  • Continuing reports of displacement from Donetsk towards the west (Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk), also south (Mariupol) and east (Russian Federation); and from Luhansk to the east (Russian Federation) and areas north of Donetsk.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry continues transporting Ukrainian refugees to various regions of Russian Federation

Today at 02.00 pm a Russian Emergencies Ministry plane with 120 Ukrainian citizens on board flew from Simferopol. In flight, they are under the care of medical personnel and psychologists of the Crimean Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 is now en route to the airport city of Yaroslavl, from where people will be transported by road to Vologda Region.

Furthermore, 100 Ukrainian citizens will be transported today by road from Rostov-on-Don to the Republic of Mari El.

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Russian emergency workers host Ukrainian refugees

Helping others is the direct responsibility and, at the same time, a calling of everyone who serves in the Russian Emergencies Ministry. When people started coming to Sevastopol from south-eastern Ukraine in search of a safe place to live, many rescuers did not remain aloof and gave shelter to entire families of immigrants from Slavyansk, Lugansk, Kramatorsk and other cities in their homes.

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UN says 230,000 have fled homes in Ukraine crisis

07/25/2014 10:33 GMT

GENEVA, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A total of 230,000 people have fled their homes during the spiralling armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

UNHCR spokesman Dan McNorton told reporters that the number of people who have left the conflict zone for other Ukrainian regions was now close to 100,000, while some 130,000 had crossed the border into Russia.

"They are mainly from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. Those are figures that have risen in recent weeks," McNorton said.

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'Mass grave' uncovered in Ukraine ex-rebel stronghold

07/25/2014 09:34 GMT

SLAVYANSK, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - Local authorities say they have uncovered the first mass grave in the former separatist bastion of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, containing the bodies of at least four civilians they say were executed by pro-Russian rebels.

"We know there are others in the town but we don't know where. This is the first one we're excavating," said Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian interior ministry adviser who presided at a brief ceremony Thursday for townspeople.

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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, based on information received by 18:00hrs, 25 July (Kyiv time)

The human remains of more victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were flown to the Netherlands. Protests against military mobilisation continued in western Ukraine.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Kharkiv city informed the SMM that 10 anti-Maidan activists – arrested following the take-over of the Regional Administration building on 7 April and charged with “massive public disorder” – had been released on bail on 24 and 25 July.