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19 Dec 2017 description

DONETSK FILTER STATION WAS SHELLED

Voda Donbasa has informed the WASH Cluster that their staff at Donetsk Filter station (DFS) identified two craters on the territory, yesterday morning following shelling during the night of 17th / 18th December. One projectile landed near the cleanwater reservoir control building; and a second fell between posts supporting a raised chlorine pipe. Steel cables stabilizing the pipeline were damaged but luckily there was no damage to the pipes themselves.

19 Dec 2017 description

UNHCR has increased aid supplies to people in eastern Ukraine, where freezing temperatures and fighting make thKYIV, Ukraine – Even during gunfire and freezing winters, Sergei* and his 83-year-old mother always had their rose garden to lift their spirits. Then, one day in 2016, a shell reduced it to ash. Now, for them and millions of others in eastern Ukraine, it will be a struggle to make it through the winter months.

19 Dec 2017 description

KYIV, 19 December 2017 – As the security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorates, Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), today called for restraint and full adherence to the agreed ceasefire.

“We note with concern a sharp deterioration in the security situation with ceasefire violations reaching levels not recorded since February this year,” the Ambassador said.

19 Dec 2017 description

Kyiv – Temperatures in the non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) of the Donetsk Region, Eastern Ukraine, are set to drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius this winter. Security challenges in the region and the harsh socio-economic situation close to the contact line and in remote impoverished districts of NGCA, mean many vulnerable families cannot maintain a safe temperature in their residences. IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (18/12) started distributing coal to people in need in the region.

18 Dec 2017 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine is 1,488,051 as of 4 December 2017, according to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine.

• IOM assisted nearly 200,000 vulnerable IDPs and conflict-affected people in 24 regions of Ukraine.

• Some 3.4 million men, women, and children are locked in a dire humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. Over 30% of those affected are elderly and 60% are women and children. More than 400,000 people need food assistance, according to UN OCHA.

16 Dec 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 10-16 December 2017 and includes updates on diphtheria, influenza, Salmonella and cholera.

16 Dec 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 16 countries. Partner agencies reported four incidents in three countries. No security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes were identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.

15 Dec 2017 description

Situational overview: The security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated in the latter half of November, with more than 14,000 ceasefire violations recorded.

Protection concerns: Winter conditions are exacerbating the protection situation; UNHCR launched its winter assistance plan to meet the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs.

Assistance provided: In November, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 3,100 people.

KEY INDICATORS

15 Dec 2017 description
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Highlights

• UNICEF has established 11 parenting rooms in health facilities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts along the contact line. More than 7,000 children and their parents have benefited from these services.

• During the reporting period, UNICEF provided psychosocial support to over 13,700 children on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

15 Dec 2017 description
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PROTECTION CONCERNS

  • Security situation: In November 2017, OHCHR recorded 25 conflict-related civilian casualties: 5 people killed and 20 injured. 68% of all civilian casualties are mine-related.

  • Mine Action: On November 5, one child was reportedly killed and two more injured due to an unexploded ordinance detonation at a school in Staromykhailivka (Donetsk region, NGCA).
    On November 16, pupils were evacuated from a school in Kremenivka (Donetsk region, GCA), as an unexploded ordinance was found in the school yard.

15 Dec 2017 description

30.5 M required for 2017
9.0 M contributions received, representing 29% of requirements
21.5 M funding gap for the Ukraine Situation

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15 Dec 2017 description

Situation

  • In March 2014, conflict between the Government of Ukraine (GoU) military and pro-opposition separatists broke out in eastern Ukraine. In eastern Ukraine, political and economic turmoil driven by years of conflict continue to drive food insecurity. Conflict-related displacement, collapse of government services, deflation of the national currency, and high levels of unemployment have exacerbated food insecurity among conflict-affected populations in both government-controlled areas (GCA) and nongovernment-controlled areas (NGCA).

15 Dec 2017 description

Implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement remains deadlocked. Russia’s first proposal of a UN peacekeeping force in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions cannot work, but it opens a much-needed window for diplomacy.

What’s the issue? In September 2017, Moscow proposed the deployment of UN peacekeepers along the line dividing Ukrainian from separatist and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Such a mission would not help end the conflict. To do that, peacekeepers would need a greater role, including helping secure the Ukraine-Russia border.