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23 Aug 2017 description

KYIV, 23 August 2017 – The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) welcomes the recommitment to ceasefire by the Trilateral Contact Group and other signatories of the Minsk agreements, said Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, the Chief Monitor of the SMM, in a statement today.

23 Aug 2017 description

VIENNA, 23 August 2017 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz today welcomed an agreement reached by the Trilateral Contact Group and the representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to fully recommit to a permanent ceasefire on the occasion of the beginning of the school year, from midnight on 25 August 2017.

23 Aug 2017 description

MINSK, 23 August 2017 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG ‎and its working groups in Minsk:

23 Aug 2017 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

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 Acting Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

23 Aug 2017 description

Elena Komarova, her husband and three children arrived to Kiev three years ago. The family fled from the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, where the sound of fighter planes and exploding artillery became the soundtrack of their days.

“I never thought that I would see such violence in my home town, people shooting at each other. This was totally crazy,” Komarova said.

21 Aug 2017 description

After 3 years of conflict, health-care resources in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine are severely stretched and humanitarian funding is plummeting. At the same time, health facilities continue to be damaged by heavy shelling. The health of millions of Ukrainians is hampered by limited access to health facilities and services, and by insufficient funding for humanitarian health interventions.

18 Aug 2017 description

Our methodology uses 9 indicators, grouped under 3 categories:

  • Access of humanitarian actors to affected population

  • Access of people in need to humanitarian aid

  • Security and physical constraints Each category is measured through proxy indicators, such as violence against personnel, denial of needs, or active hostilities.

Data is collected at the country level and may therefore not show disparities between sub-regions.

18 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – Some 19,088 migrants have returned home voluntarily with assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, from 1 April to 30 June 2017, according to the IOM AVRR quarterly bulletin published today (18/08). These migrants have returned from 81 host and transit countries to 136 countries and territories of origin.

17 Aug 2017 description

16 August 2017, Severodonetsk – A motor road overpass, repaired by the UN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) with financial support from the government of Japan, is an important transport and logistical artery connecting the three largest cities in the government-controlled part of Luhansk Oblast, in particular towns of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Rubizhne.