• Despite ceasefire and a 9-point memorandum signed by the parties on 19 September, serious ceasefire violations are reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. As a result, displacement is on the rise and lives of civilians are endangered.
• Unless an urgent solution found, starting January 2015 Ukraine will not be able to cover the country-wide needs for antiretroviral and TB drugs.
• Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) de-facto authorities provided reassurances and readiness for UN humanitarian personnel to operate in rebel held-areas for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
• A joint European Union, United Nations, and World Bank scoping mission completed its work on establishing the full coverage and timing of a comprehensive assessment of medium-term recovery and reconstruction needs in partnership with the Government of Ukraine.
• At least 3,627 killed (including 298 from flight MH17) and 8,446 wounded in eastern Ukraine as of 30 September (source: OHCHR/WHO).
5.1m Estimated number of people living in conflict-affected areas as of 3 October
379,059 Internally displaced people as of 3 October (source: SES)
426,995 Fled to neighboring countries as of 3 October
Although more than three weeks have passed since the 5 September ceasefire agreement, serious ceasefire violations are reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
As a result, access is impeded, displacement increased, and civilians in need of assistance and support endangered. In addition, in-country humanitarian agencies envisage that this deterioration of the humanitarian situation will be further compounded by the rapidly approaching winter with many IDPs housed in unwinterized shelters.
The discontinuation in payment of salaries and social benefits to the affected population in rebel-held areas has resulted in lack of access to food and other commodities due to the absence of resources.
Many humanitarian agencies have plans to start or scale up activities in the five most affected regions (Dnipropretrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv,
Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia) in response to the existing humanitarian needs. The rise in partners and scale of operations calls for a strengthening of field coordination mechanisms and for regular (sector) coordination meetings to be held. Sector lead agencies and OCHA are exploring priority areas for support.
In follow-up to the UN-conducted mission to Donetsk city to negotiate humanitarian access and assess security environment in the area, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) representatives have officially provided their reassurances in allowing UN personnel to operate freely in rebel-held areas and deliver humanitarian aid. This is a significant and positive development as humanitarian needs in areas under control of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) are significant and most humanitarian agencies have not been able to access the region due to the ongoing insecurity. Any movement to the area will have to be done under extreme caution due to the grave security concerns.
The Prime Minister has signed a resolution to establish a system to register IDPs. The resolution gives the Ministry of Social Policy responsibility for conducting the registration of IDPs and developing a database. The resolution can be considered a success as it includes recommendations about registration of unaccompanied children, collection of information related to a separate resolution on assistance, providing the UN and ICRC with access to personal information upon consent and the possibility of taking photos for electronic record.
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