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06 Feb 2017 description

Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine is quickly turning into a litmus test of Russia’s intentions in backing Ukrainian separatist rebels, and the real willingness of the West, in particular the United States, to support Kyiv. Fears over Washington’s wavering may also cause positions to harden in the protracted conflicts in Europe’s East, most immediately in Georgia.

06 Feb 2017 description
infographic Foundation.101

NGO "Foundation.101" conducted a thorough analysis of the data on number of people crossing the contact line in 2016. Data provided by the State Border Service of Ukraine contended information on the total number of people who crossed the line of contact as well as information about the direction of their movement.

The infografic above shows that the number of people who cross the contact line in 2016 increased by 4 million people compare to 2015 (4.05 million vs. 7.92 million).

06 Feb 2017 description

Key Facts

  • Around 1,100,000 people had limited access to the safe drinking water due to incidents since the beginning of 2017.
  • 17,000 people were at risk of centralized heating cut off for 9 days.

Issues to Highlight

  • Access to areas for repairs.
  • Risk of damage through shelling.
  • Decrepit water systems.
  • Interdependence of municipal services.
05 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The situation along the ‘contact line’ has been deteriorating. During the period from 27 January and 3 February, the number of affected people in Avdiivka and critical areas on both sides of the ‘contact line’ has jumped from 17,000 to approximately 1.8 million;

  • UNICEF is providing immediate life-saving WASH support (i.e. trucked water, hygiene kits, etc.) to the most vulnerable people in Avdiivka, based on a projected caseload of 20,000 people for the next three months;

05 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Today more than 75 per cent of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children. And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.

In response to today’s humanitarian challenges, UNFPA continues to provide life-saving services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide information, services and supplies for sexual and reproductive health as we work with partners to carry forward commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit.

05 Feb 2017 description

Five Horlivka power lines hit: water stopped temporarily then restored.

04 Feb 2017 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani, Elizabeth Throssell
Location: Geneva
Date: 3 February 2017

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03 Feb 2017 description

At about 09:00 on 3 February 2017, as an SMM patrol approached a position of the so-called “LPR” near Kalynove (60km west of Luhansk), it saw three armed men in military-style uniform about 30m away. One of the men was kneeling and pointing an automatic rifle (AK-type) in the direction of the SMM. An infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-1) was parked next to the armed men. As the SMM left the vehicles it heard one shot from a rifle, assessed as coming from the direction of the armed men. The SMM immediately returned to the vehicles and left the area. The incident lasted about one minute.

03 Feb 2017 description

On 3 February the SMM followed up on reports of casualties following fighting in Donetsk region. Medical staff at a hospital in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) informed the SMM about two civilian fatalities and two other persons who had suffered shrapnel injuries. According to them, a 25-year-old man had died as a result of an explosion from shelling at a school in Avdiivka and a 47-year-old female employee of the Avdiivka coke factory had died in the operating room due to injuries received after an explosion from shelling.

03 Feb 2017 description

VIENNA / KYIV, 3 February 2017 – The use of indiscriminate force in densely populated areas in eastern Ukraine is unacceptable. It must stop immediately and the sides need to cease-fire now, said today OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier as he condemned the surge in fighting.

03 Feb 2017 description

KYIV, Ukraine, 03 February 2017 (UNHCR). On Thursday, 2 February, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, delivered 40 metric tons of humanitarian assistance to the town of Avdiivka. In addition to a highly demanded tarpaulin for emergency repairs, the humanitarian cargo contained supplies for 2,000 persons, including 2,000 blankets, 500 bedding and towel sets, jerry cans, buckets and winter clothing. On Thursday afternoon, UNHCR teams jointly with local authorities and Donetsk Governor Pavlo Zhebrivskiy started direct deliveries in safe areas in the town.

03 Feb 2017 description

KYIV, 3 February 2017 – The safety of journalists in Ukraine can be improved through legislative amendments and a better response from law enforcement agencies, said speakers at a conference which opened in Kyiv today, organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, UNESCO and the Institute for Mass Information.

03 Feb 2017 description

A large shipment of WHO interagency emergency health kits is on its way to help meet immediate health needs in response to the recent intensification of fighting and shelling in the eastern part of Ukraine.

Thousands of civilians are living in subzero temperatures and many others are injured and urgently in need of life-saving medical care. The emergency health kits will address the health needs of over 300 000 patients for 3 months in Ukraine. Further suffering and loss of life can be expected if preventive and emergency response measures are not taken immediately.

03 Feb 2017 description
report People in Need

Avdiivka (3rd February 2017) - Intensive fighting between Ukrainian army and non-government controlled areas forces erupted again in frontline communities. Civilians on both sides of the contact line were under heavy shelling for three days and hostilities still continue. Deadly violence left at least 15 people killed and many injured. Casualties continue to be reported. Just in Avdiivka a recent flare-up in hostilities badly damaged the infrastructure and has left 16,000 residents without heating, water or electricity for some time as the temperatures at night drop to as low as -17°C.

03 Feb 2017 description

As of February 3, 7 a.m. there have been evacuated 200 people (including 95 children).

1 emergency station is functioning (7 tents of the SES, 1 belonging to charity organization), 3 fixed warming stations are operating that have been visited by over 8 thousand 100 people, three field kitchens provide warm meals. The outside temperature is minus 7 degrees Celsius.

03 Feb 2017 description

Reports indicate a total of 7 schools have been damaged since the start of the escalation on both sides of the contact line. Two schools have been confirmed damaged in GCA (one in Troykhizbenka, Luhanska GCA; one in Avdiika, Donetska GCA). School #2 In Avdiika that was damaged last night was being used as storage for humanitarian items. Immediate response has commenced for the school damaged in Troykhizbenka, with local authorities and cluster partner.

03 Feb 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12704

SECURITY COUNCIL

7876TH MEETING (PM)

Members hear from political, humanitarian affairs chiefs, head of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Mission

The recent dangerous uptick in fighting seen in eastern Ukraine had left hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk of losing all access to water, heat and electricity, a particularly worrying development given the current plummeting winter temperatures, the Security Council heard this afternoon.