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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.

16 Aug 2017 description

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.

OBSERVATIONS AT THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS

16 Aug 2017 description

DONETSK FILTER STATION WAS UNDER SHELLING:

The WASH Cluster is informed by Voda Donbasa water company, that on the evening of August 3rd ( at 7 p.m.) a projectile fell within the territory of the Donetsk Filter station (DFS) between bomb shelter and the administrative building. As a result, the windows of the administration building were broken and a new crater formed between the two buildings.

15 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • An agreement was reached on 19 July in Minsk by all parties to the conflict to create safety zones around critical civilian infrastructure including water installations. However the number of ceasefire violations increased over the last two weeks of July.3

  • UNICEF reached almost 335,000 children and their caregivers with life -saving Mine Risk Education (MRE) through dissemination of child friendly content through electronic media.

15 Aug 2017 description
report People in Need

Prague (15th August 2017) – While millions of people flee war-torn countries trying to find safe havens for themselves and their families, a far larger number of them are forced to remain, despite the continued fighting, and they often fall victim to the attacks. According to UN data, more than 32,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in armed conflicts in 2016. In 90 per cent of these cases, the attacks happened in populated civilian areas.

15 Aug 2017 description

OVERVIEW

Despite relative decrease in hostilities following the renewed ceasefire arrangements reached on 21 June, localized sporadic clashes are reported daily and continue to generate more casualties among the civilian population and damage to their properties. OHCHR verifies that at least seven civilians were killed and 42 injured in July. While usually, shelling is the major cause, mines, explosive remnants of war and unexploded ordnances represented at least 43 per cent of total casualties.

15 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Evolving security environment increases needs

  • Water supply interruptions become a new normal

  • Winter looms, as key clusters advance in winterization plans

  • Protection concerns are widespread, impacting the most vulnerable

  • Underfunding may further degrade situation of millions of people depending on aid

Fighting lingers despite renewed ceasefire

13 Aug 2017 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

On 13 August at 09:45, an SMM patrol consisting of four members was on foot immediately south of the broken section of the pedestrian bridge south of government-controlled Stanytsia Luhanska (16km north-east of Luhansk), next to a forward “LPR” position inside the disengagement area.

12 Aug 2017 description

STATE OF THE FIELD

Violent conflict upends and polarizes societies, disrupting social structures and gender roles.
Projects and policies intended to assist communities that are fragile or affected by violence are more successful if they consider conflict’s different effects on men, women, boys, and girls.
Approaches to conflict resolution that account for gender issues and include a broader array of society reduce gender-based violence, enhance gender equality, defuse conflict, and lead to more sustainable peace.

USIP’S WORK

11 Aug 2017 description

“We carry our tragedy inside”

The 2017 Participatory Assessment Report for refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Ukraine

Acknowledgements

11 Aug 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

As the conflict enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced Ukrainians struggle to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment.