Ukraine Situation report No.21 as of 12 December 2014
The humanitarian community remains deeply concerned by the Government of Ukraine announcement calling for the closure and withdrawal of all governmental services and personnel from areas controlled by armed groups by 1 December (Decree 875/2014). The National Bank of Ukraine has also closed locations and services, complicating access to cash and liquidity for conflict-affected people living in these areas. The human rights and humanitarian implications of this move are serious and will deepen the vulnerability of those populations most in need of assistance, particularly as winter deepens making these essential services more life-saving in nature.
A ‘Day of Silence’ agreed by all parties to the conflict began at 10:00 am on 9 December and continued throughout the week. No civilian casualties were reported throughout this period – a noteworthy ‘success’.
Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, is on mission to Ukraine from 11 - 15 December to monitor and assess the human rights situation in-country and visit key eastern locations.
The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) will launch the Strategic Response Plan 2015 on 17 December in Kyiv.