Ukraine: Protection Cluster Factsheet - September 2019 [EN/RU/UK]

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from UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection Cluster
Published on 30 Sep 2019 View Original
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PROTECTION CONCERNS

  • Civilian casualties: The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine recorded 21 conflict-related casualties (two persons were killed and 19 persons were injured).

  • Security: The number of ceasefire violations significantly increased and during 26 August – 29 September. OSCE SMM recorded 21,500 ceasefire violations, which is 2.7 times higher compared to the period of 29 July – 25 August.

    At least 8 houses in Kodema and 8 houses in Mykolayivka (Donetsk, GCA) were damaged as a result of the destruction of mines and UXOs by the State Emergency Service, who use explosives to blow these up as a way of mine and UXO decontamination.

    After plans for military disenagement were announced by the government, residents of settlements near the contact line have expressed concern about security and law and order, should the military leave. They are also concered about access to services if the situation triggers the displacement of professionals as a result of perceived insecurity.

  • Freedom of movement: On 19 September, an 81 year old woman died at the Novotroitske checkpoint while queing at theOshchadbank mobile branch.
    The curfew in Donetsk NGCA has been extended by one hour for the period of 1 October 2019 - 31 May 2020 (from 23:00 to 05:00).

  • Access to pensions: The Pension Fund of Ukraine is witholding a part of the pensions of older people in Schastie and Svitlodarsk, who have debts for heating, based on court decisions stating that they were liable for these debts.
    However, people were not notified that the energy company had commenced proceedings agains them and that they had lost these cases.

  • Access to medical services: 598 children from Zolote, Katerynivka and Orihove (Luhansk GCA) do not have access to pediatric services as a local health facility cannot find a paediatrician. Parents with children have to travel to Hirske (6-10 kilometers away) for pediatric consultation.

  • Isolated settlements: 455 residents of Plotyna village, including 68 children and 180 older people, do not have access to public transportation. In order to get to the rayon center and access basic services, including pharmacy and ATMs, people have to pay 600 UAH to private transport service providers.

  • Access to water: People in Putilino village (Luhansk GCA) have restricted access to potable and technical water. People are using water from a well, but this has a decreasing water reserve.