Humanitarian Bulletin: Ukraine Issue 28 | 1 September - 31 October 2018 [EN/RU/UK]
- Security Council puts Ukraine crisis in the spotlight
- Autumn sees more civilian casualties than summer
- Landmines continue to take lives
- Married couple killed by landmines
- Petition to protect workers and ensure water for all
- Over one million Ukrainians receive assistance and protection services
- Humanitarian Response Plan 36 per cent funded
UN Security Council puts Ukraine back on global agenda
“Millions of men, women and children continue to face dire humanitarian consequences… these impacts are deepening as the situation becomes protracted,” Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (DERC), Ms Ursula Mueller, alerted world leaders at the UN Security Council meeting on 30 October 2018. ASG Mueller added that the situation on the ground had not changed much since the Council’s last meeting on Ukraine on 29 May 2018.
The stark numbers speak for themselves. Over 3,000 civilian lives have already been lost since 2014. Up to 9,000 have been injured. Millions more are affected by direct shelling and landmine contamination almost every day. During her detailed account of the complex humanitarian situation, ASG Mueller reported on the regular attacks on civilian infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, such as the shelling of homes, hospitals as well as water and sanitation facilities. She reminded the parties to the conflict of their obligation under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and critical infrastructure, including ceasing the use of landmines near populated areas.
ASG Mueller’s brief came after a statement delivered by the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political Affairs, Ms Rosemary DiCarlo, during which she raised her concerns about the sharp increase in ceasefire violations and number of civilian casualties due to the unpredictability of hostilities in eastern Ukraine. The briefing served as a reminder to world leaders about the dire consequences of the protracted humanitarian situation. Other speakers also called for the protection of civilians, unfettered humanitarian access and the scaling up of efforts to address the needs of men, women and children, especially ahead of the harsh Ukrainian winter.