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06 Apr 2017 description

Foreign Ministry allocated 150,000 euros to three Estonian NGOs to alleviate the situation of internal refugees and victims of conflict in Ukraine. The allocation was equally divided between the NGOs Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Estonian Refugee Council and Mondo.

“Continuing warfare in eastern Ukraine that has resulted in more than 9800 deaths and 23,000 victims, is a great concern for us,” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said. “As a state it is difficult to reach those in need, but here the NGOs play a crucial role in alleviating the situation in Ukraine,” the Minister added.

06 Apr 2017 description

This report is for the general public and the media.

Around 14:00 of 5 April, the SMM observed, in violation of the respective withdrawal line, heavy weapons moving in the vicinity of an aerodrome in Luhansk – 1.2km north of the road M04. (For example, at 14:47, the SMM observed one multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122 mm) heading south-east on the road M04.)

05 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 decreased 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.

05 Apr 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Amend Law; Protect Free Speech

(Kyiv) – Recent legislative amendment requires activists and journalists reporting on government corruption to file public declarations of their personal assets, Human Rights Watch said today. The new requirement is vague and could be used to deter or punish investigative journalists and partners of anti-corruption nongovernmental groups for doing their job.

04 Apr 2017 description

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous 24-hour period, but fewer compared with the period before the recommitment to the ceasefire. The Mission followed up on a report of a civilian casualty in Marinka. The Mission monitored the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, but its access there and elsewhere remained restricted.* The Mission observed weapons in violation of the withdrawal lines. The SMM followed up on reports of vandalism against bank branches in Odessa.

04 Apr 2017 description

Since early March, queues at checkpoints registered a record hit. This is largely due to the compulsory verification for IDP pensioners imposed by the Ukrainian Government (resolution #637, 28 December 2016) at Oshchadbank every three months. With the original deadline set on 3 April, this mandatory verification led to a massive movement of pensioners across the ‘contact line’, resulting in heavy traffic at all checkpoints in March—a 75% increase of pedestrian crossings compared to the previous month—reportedly with a waiting time of up to 18 hours.

04 Apr 2017 description
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Fighting continues unabated in eastern Ukraine. Civilian casualties continue to be recorded (70, including 16 deaths in March 2017, and an estimated 11,000 casualties, with over 2,000 deaths, since the beginning of the conflict in 2014—source: OHCHR). Critical water and electrical facilities continue to be damaged despite repeated calls on parties to the conflict to respect the civilian nature of infrastructure and de-militarise the adjacent areas to allow safe repairs. Some 1.18 million people are at risk of losing sustained water supply.

04 Apr 2017 description

Country Context

While the world has been facing many simultaneous crises, Ukraine became what some call ‘'the forgotten crisis''. Nevertheless, nearly three years after the start of the conflict, the security situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense. The consequences of the conflict and political instability are still felt by communities throughout the country.

03 Apr 2017 description

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions since a renewed commitment to the ceasefire came into force on 1 April. In Donetsk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations but more explosions – the vast majority of them were recorded before midnight on 31 March – between the evenings of 31 March and 1 April compared with the previous reporting period, and fewer ceasefire violations between the evenings of 1 and 2 April compared with the previous 24-hour period.

03 Apr 2017 description

The Global Education Cluster (GEC) 2016 Report seeks to illustrate how the work of the GEC has been particularly significant in achieving results. It presents examples of our work that demonstrate how our aim to be as field-focused and field-informed as possible has enabled education responses to be more effective, through better coordination. The report also looks at the changing humanitarian landscape and new opportunities for the field of education in emergencies (EiE), with the launch of the Education Cannot Wait Fund.

01 Apr 2017 description

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and fewer in Luhansk region compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission followed up on reports of civilian casualties in Yasynuvata and damage to houses and other civilian infrastructure from shelling and gunfire in Yasynuvata, Irmino, Sentianivka, Kadiivka, Molodizhne and Novooleksandrivka. The Mission monitored the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, but its access there and elsewhere remained restricted.* It received information on some weapons that should be withdrawn.

01 Apr 2017 description
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Kyiv, Ukraine (31 March 2017) – In 2017, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will undertake joint efforts to conduct recovery and peace-building activities in order to support people living in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Six projects are funded by the Government of Japan totalling USD 3.90 million.

01 Apr 2017 description
report HALO Trust

Ozerne village in Donetsk oblast lies next to the Siversky Donets River. The river is now a popular place for anglers due to the slow streams of fresh water, yet during the conflict in 2014 between Ukrainian and separatist forces, it witnessed fierce fighting.

A bridge across the river was a crucial piece of infrastructure controlled by non-government forces between April and June 2014, before being taken back by the Ukrainian Army.

31 Mar 2017 description

SG/SM/18479

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Trilateral Contact Group of a new agreement on ensuring the full adherence to the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, in accordance with the Minsk agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April.

31 Mar 2017 description

The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission followed up on reports of civilian casualties and damage to houses from shelling in Donetsk city, Ivanivka, Chasiv Yar and Popasna. The Mission monitored the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, but its access there and elsewhere remained restricted. The SMM assessed impact sites inside the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area. It observed weapons in violation of the withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line.

31 Mar 2017 description

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine countless volunteers, as well as many international humanitarian actors, including the United Nations system, national and international NGOs, and other international organizations, are engaged in the humanitarian relief effort. In December 2014 the cluster system was activated, with 7 clusters engaging in life-saving activities throughout the country. This 3W (WHO is doing WHAT WHERE) captures the presence of partners currently on the ground in each oblast.

31 Mar 2017 description

1. Registration Procedure for Beneficiaries of Humanitarian Aid was amended

31 Mar 2017 description
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In Numbers

4.4 million people affected (OCHA)

3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)

620.000 people food insecure

300.000 internally displaced persons (GCA) (HNO 2017)

Highlights

  • According to the latest Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis, the overall number of food insecure people in Donbass is estimated to be 620,000 people. Among those, nearly 38,000 are internally displaced persons (IDPs).