Ukraine UNHCR external update on the situation of displaced persons, 10 July 2014
HIGHLIGHTS - The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reached over 79,000 across Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities nominated Mr Volodymyr Groysman, Deputy Prime Minister as the coordinator on all IDP matters.
During the last coordination meeting on IDP matters, the authorities decided on the establishment of a registration system and on the drafting of new legislation on IDPs in line with international standards.
UNHCR undertook missions to Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Kherson and Odessa to monitor the situation of new arrivals, assess reception conditions, and advise local authorities on the response to the displacement situation. A mission to Svyatogorsk, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk will take place once the security situation allows.
UNHCR and the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy started the implementation of a cash assistance programme to support 2,000 vulnerable IDPs.
The Ukrainian State Emergencies Service (SES) leads a coordination centre to evacuate IDPs from the East and a transition camp in Kharkiv region aimed at providing temporary shelter in schools for a maximum number of 2,000 people.
In Russia, UNHCR assessed the situation of displaced persons in Rostov, Bryansk, St. Petersburg and Voronezh, and met the local authorities.