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17 Jan 2015 description

SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed a large number of ceasefire violations in the Donetsk region. The SMM conducted its third visit to the site of the incident causing the deaths of civilians on a bus in Volnovakha.

16 Jan 2015 description

KYIV, 16 January, 2015 – In response to media reports, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reaffirms that no participating States have withdrawn their monitors from the Mission in Ukraine.

16 Jan 2015 description

16 January, 2015: Increased access to a wide range of health care services is needed for more than 5 million people affected by the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, according to the World Health Organization.

Access to primary, secondary and emergency health care services, as well as medicines, is critically needed.

16 Jan 2015 description

More than one million Ukrainians have been driven from their homes since the conflict started in March 2014. “I do not think people are aware of how desperate the situation is for tens of thousands of displaced. This runs the risk of becoming a humanitarian catastrophe”, Jan Egeland Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

15 Jan 2015 description
report Women Under Siege

By Antonina Vikhrest/Guest Blogger — January 15, 2015

The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its 10th month, has taken a heavy toll on the country’s population. Wide-ranging violations of international humanitarian law have been documented on both sides of the conflict, following clashes between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions of the country.

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15 Jan 2015 description

DONETSK, 15 January 2015 - Today, for the second day in a row, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has attempted to reach Donetsk airport to establish the facts on the ground. In the afternoon, the SMM made two attempts and managed to reach an area close to the airport. The SMM witnessed substantial damage to civilian infrastructure and residences caused by artillery. Regrettably, the SMM could not venture further into the airport itself as shelling, counter-shelling and small arms fire in and around the airport was ongoing.

15 Jan 2015 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) gathered imagery and video data of shell impact craters at Volnovakha where a bus was hit on 13 January.

15 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11376

2014 Round-up
Security Council
Round-up Release

Seized with a succession of new crises in Europe, the Middle East and across Africa, the Security Council in 2014 tackled an expanding workload in a record number of meetings while seeking to defeat terrorism, prevent conflicts, protect civilians, and improve the effectiveness of sanctions and other tools to quell tensions and neutralize threats.

14 Jan 2015 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). A Grad rocket exploded near a civilian bus at a Ukrainian Army Checkpoint near Volnovakha, killing 12 civilians and injuring 17.

14 Jan 2015 description

At approximately 14:35hrs on 13 January the regional traffic police confirmed to the SMM that a Grad rocket struck close to a civilian bus when it stopped at a Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint approximately 2km north of Volnovakha (35km south-west of Donetsk).

14 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

14 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shelling which resulted in the deaths of at least 11 civilian bus passengers amid ongoing fighting in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk.

14 Jan 2015 description

Representatives of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine and the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, on 25 December 2014, handed over to the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine a series of informative posters and training materials on enhancing environmental controls at border crossings.

14 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both BCPs. Overall cross-border traffic flows decreased significantly at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The OM continued to observe a number of persons in military-style clothing crossing the border in both directions. Train movements at the Gukovo BCP have significantly decreased in frequency. Delay in issuing this report was due to the winter holiday period in the Russian Federation (RF).

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13 Jan 2015 description

An artillery strike on a bus that killed 10 civilians and wounded 18 in eastern Ukraine must be investigated urgently as it could amount to a violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said.

An unguided Grad artillery system was apparently used in the strike, but at present it is unclear where the attack came from. It hit a civilian which was passing through a military checkpoint controlled by pro-Kyiv forces in the town of Volnovakha.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.