• Serious ceasefire violations are reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, despite the September ceasefire and nine-point Memorandum. Displacement continues and safety and security are prime concerns.
• Five children were wounded and two died as a result of unexploded ordinance (UXO) in Zuhres, Donetsk region on 4 October. UXO clearance and Mine Risk Volyn Education (MRE) are throughout affected areas. men children elderly and disabled not disaggregated
• Next week the humanitarian community will launch the Humanitarian Situation Monitoring project with the training of field monitors who will gather data on behalf of all sectors over the next six month period. The HSM will enable targeted and strategic sectoral information analysis to improve humanitarian planning and response activities.
• The sixth report of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) has been released. The report covers the period of 18 August - 16 September 2014 and can be accessed here.
• At least 3,682 killed (including 298 from flight MH17) and 8,871 wounded in eastern Ukraine as of 8 October (source: OHCHR/WHO) .
5.1m Estimated number of people living in conflict-affected areas as of 3 October
402,034 Internally displaced people as of 10 October (source: SES)
427,004 Fled to neighboring countries as of 10 October
Ukraine is preparing for Parliamentary elections to be held on 26 October. Ministerial staff at senior levels change frequently, and partners continue to work with counterparts as appropriate and available. The Central Electoral Commission has announced simplified voting procedures for IDPs from the east. People from Donbas region can temporarily register to vote at a new address without changing their permanent electoral address. Additional supporting documents are not required, other than a passport showing registration in Donetsk or Luhansk.
As of 1 October 2014, the Ministry of Social Policy has been designated lead on humanitarian assistance activities and the resolution of existing and emerging challenges. During the 10 October meeting of humanitarian agencies and diplomatic corps with Social Policy Minister Denisova, it was agreed to launch a working group among governmental agencies, international organizations, and NGOs to facilitate the removal of any obstacles to humanitarian response. OCHA will facilitate this working group under the leadership of the Ministry.
The safety and security of the conflict-affected populations and the safety and security of humanitarian personnel are of key concern. The humanitarian community mourns the loss of a humanitarian aid worker as a result of indiscriminate shelling in Donetsk city on 2 October. Serious ceasefire violations continue to be reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Affected populations remain vulnerable and in need of support.
Humanitarian agencies continue access negotiations and scale-up of activities in the five most affected regions (Dnipropretrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia). A number of sector-specific coordination meetings are now being held at the field level, and OCHA plans to launch regular coordination meetings in key eastern hubs as of 13 October to strengthen field coordination mechanisms. At the capital level in Kyiv, the new Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neal Walker, formally launched the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) this week, with participation from key INGO, NGO, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and United Nations partners. The NGO community has launched an NGO Forum to address shared concerns, and a joint NGO-OCHA Forum will run alternate weeks to ensure information sharing across the humanitarian system.
This week, the convoy of 107 trucks arrived in Kyiv from Germany for dispatch to conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine. The humanitarian community has requested information regarding the contents and planned distribution locations in order to ensure maximum coverage of the affected population and avoid duplication of response. The Russian Federation has reported the dispatch of three humanitarian convoys to Donbas region in August and September, providing more than 5,700 tons of humanitarian assistance including food and water, medicine, bedding, generators and water filtering stations.
The provision of humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine must be conducted in accordance with International Humanitarian Law and the approval of the Government of Ukraine. While recognizing the challenging humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine. All sides should continue to exercise maximum restraint and avoid escalation.
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