Ukraine: Situation Report No.18 as of 31 October 2014

Situation Report
Originally published



• The Ukrainian parliamentary elections held on 26 October took place without incident. A coalition government is under negotiation.

• Under the aegis of the UN Resident Coordinator, OCHA facilitated a 1.5-day Strategic Response Plan Workshop in Kyiv with participation of the humanitarian community, including UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and Government of Ukraine representatives.

• Preliminary data from the first round of Humanitarian Situation Monitoring was made available on 29 October, and is currently being processed to inform the 2015 Strategic Response Planning process.

• According to the Ministry of Social Policy, as of 30 October, 99,000 IDPs have registered under the recently adopted Government Decree 509.

• At least 4,035 killed (including 298 from flight MH-17) and 9,336 wounded in eastern Ukraine as of 29 October (source: OHCHR/WHO)1 .

5.2m Estimated number of people living in conflict-affected areas as of 31 October

442,219 Internally displaced people as of 31 October (source: SES)

488,466 Fled to neighboring countries as of 31 October

Situation Overview

Parliamentary elections were held on 26 October in Ukraine. No votes were cast in the two regions under the control of pro-Russian separatists, with 27 parliamentary seats in Donbas and Crimea (annexed by Russia in March) remaining vacant. Talks are underway for the Poroshenko bloc to form a coalition in parliament with Yatseniuk’s party. Both parties are in favour of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbas region.

The de facto authorities of rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk will hold parliamentary elections on 2 November. They will also hold elections for heads of state of the de facto republics. This move is expected to slow down peace negotiations and negatively impact the humanitarian situation for conflict-affected people.

A fourth ‘humanitarian convoy’ has been prepared by the Russian Federation and is reportedly on route to the Ukrainian border. 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.

Ceasefire violations continue to be reported daily and the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions remains tense.

The humanitarian community is preparing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Ukraine. A workshop was held in Kyiv from 30 – 31 October with key stakeholders including Government, donors, United Nations, INGO and NGO representatives to assess priority needs and plan the international humanitarian response for 2015.

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