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04 Dec 2017 description
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OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

Millions of people are continuing to suffer unnecessarily in eastern Ukraine due to the entrenched political impasse and the ongoing armed conflict. Despite many attempts at a ceasefire, hostilities continue with almost daily shelling, frequent localized clashes, and rapidly escalating mine and unexploded ordnance contamination. Given the restrictions on access, just under a million crossings of the ‘contact line’ occur each month, with people forced to wait for many hours in long lines with minimal services.

02 Dec 2017 description

November 30th 2017, NOVOTROITSKE, UKRAINE – A mobile office for legal aid was opened today at the Novotroitske checkpoint in Donetsk Oblast to meet the increasing need to support people living in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine.

30 Nov 2017 description
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Government of Ukraine and United Nations signed the Partnership Framework for 2018-2022

30 November 2017, Kyiv – United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Neal Walker and First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv signed the Government of Ukraine – United Nations Partnership Framework for 2018-2022.

21 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Winter starts and needs across all sectors rise

  • Civilians are paying the highest price, as the conflict continues to claim casualties

  • 1.1 million people at risk, as water infrastructure hit yet again

  • 1.6 million IDPs left with limited hope for future

  • 1 in 10 Ukrainians need assistance and protection

  • Underfunding poses life-threatening challenge for millions in need

Winter sets in, as misery for millions of Ukrainians grows

15 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • Food insecurity levels doubled in both GCA and NGCA with up to 1.2 million people found to be moderately and severely food insecure.

  • Cash or voucher value has been increased from UAH 550 to UAH 700 per person/month from October onwards to reflect the increase in food prices.

  • The conflict has threatened to unravel much of Ukraine’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially in the east, which has one of the highest rates of HIV and tuberculosis in Europe.

08 Nov 2017 description
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KYIV, 8 November 2017 - The United Nations is deeply concerned by the recent escalation of hostilities near water, electricity and gas supply infrastructure in Donetsk province, eastern Ukraine. As we enter winter, any disruption of essential services, such as water and heating amid freezing temperatures could have grave consequences for millions of Ukrainians.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

13 Oct 2017 description

Summary: MCC’s mobile cannery is traveling to 32 locations across eastern and central U.S. and Ontario to can meat for thousands of people around the world.

Oct. 5, 2017

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine -- The children come and go from the kitchen at the Gurzhiy household in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. The attraction is pizza, made for 8-year-old Veronika’s birthday party.

“We got some canned meat last week,” says Veronika’s mom, Yulia Gurzhiy. “We used it to make this pizza today and it’s very good.”

13 Oct 2017 description
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PROTECTION CONCERNS

  • Security situation: In September 2017, OHCHR recorded 18 conflict-related civilian casualties: 2 killed and 16 injured.

  • Mine Action: On September 11, one civilian was killed in an explosion in Mariupol (Donetsk region, GCA), reportedly as a result of mishandling of explosive ordinances.

    According to DRC/DDG, since June 2014, 430 people have been killed and 881 injured in mine related incidents.

06 Oct 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Long-standing tension between east and west Ukraine erupted into conflict in April 2014. In east 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, increased food prices, and high levels of unemployment have exacerbated food insecurity among conflict-affected populations in government-controlled areas (GCA) and non-government-controlled areas (NGCA).

03 Oct 2017 description

Selon le chef du HCR, la communauté internationale abandonne des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort.
Par Jonathan Clayton

GENÈVE - Appelant à des efforts internationaux renouvelés pour prévenir et résoudre les conflits, le chef du HCR Filippo Grandi a déclaré aujourd’hui que la communauté internationale abandonnait des millions de réfugiés et de personnes déplacées internes à leur sort. Par ailleurs, il a exhorté un « monde en mutation rapide » à adopter une nouvelle approche en matière de protection et de solutions durables.

02 Oct 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

I. Executive summary

“We only see political ambitions on both sides. They are dividing something, but they forgot that there are people here.” - Resident of a village near the contact line

02 Oct 2017 description

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

A year ago, States gathered in New York to reaffirm the fundamental values of solidarity and protection for people forced into exile.

They agreed to share responsibility for embedding them in practical action.

And they decided to address and resolve refugee flows through a new model that places the rights, interests and potential of refugees and of their hosts at the heart of a comprehensive response.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Realising this ambition has never been more urgent.

15 Sep 2017 description

This Operations Update No. 8 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) during the period between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017, with the support of its partners, to meet the needs of internally displaced persons and returnees affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

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12 Sep 2017 description
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Ukraine conflict: They forgot there are people here, civilians tell UN