The Republic is actively preparing for the celebration of the Holy Trinity. Trinity or Whit Sunday is one of the main holidays in Orthodoxy, which is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter. It was on this day, according to the Holy Scriptures, that the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, as Jesus promised before ascending to heaven. In the DPR, the Holy Trinity Day is an official public holiday. On this occasion, June 21 is a day off for the residents of the Republic.
On the same day, the world-famous pianist from the USA Valentina Lisitsa will delight residents and guests of the capital with her performance. Thus, at 20 o’clock in the park named after Lenin Komsomol in Donetsk, an open-air symphony concert “Music of War and Victory” will begin. After the concert, a large-scale event “Candle of Memory” will await the audience. The installation “Fiery Pictures of War” will be created. 5 thousand candles will be lighted, of which the word “Glory” will be collected. The event in Donetsk will give a start to the international action “Candle of Memory”, which will take place in all regions of Russia and other countries. It will be dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. And on June 22, the Day of Memory and Mourning, the DPR will support the All-Russian minute of silence. It will be held throughout Russia at the same time – at 12:15 Moscow time.
Another pleasant gift for our citizens was the news about the opening of the borders between the DPR and LPR next week. This decision was made by the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin:
“The issue has been resolved. Next week, I think we will be able to open the border between the DPR and LPR. The Lugansk People’s Republic has switched to a controlled passage of people from Ukraine through the headquarters, so there are all prerequisites to say that it is time to open the border. This is a long-awaited event for many people.”
Also, the past week was not without high-profile victories of our athletes abroad. Thus, fighters from the DPR won three gold, five silver and five bronze medals at the Thai boxing competition in the Republic of Abkhazia. The first international tournament in Thai boxing “Cup of St. George” was held from June 10 to 13 in the city of Gagra in the Republic of Abkhazia. The competition was attended by about 400 athletes from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, Alania, Volgodonsk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Bogorodsk, Vladikavkaz. The Donetsk People’s Republic was represented by 13 boxers.
However, unfortunately, even the pre-holiday days did not affect the intensity of shelling of peaceful territories by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Thus, over the past week, JCCC observers recorded 7 cases of violation of the ceasefire by the AFU. A total of 109 units of ammunition were fired on such settlements as: Zhabunki, Sosnovskoe, Ukrainskoe and Leninskoe.
The Ombudsman calls on citizens to be vigilant in connection with the aggravation of the situation on the Contact line. The Ombudsman strongly recommends not to contact suspicious objects and immediately contact the MES if they are found.
Since the beginning of 2021, the Ombudsman received 1706 complaints.
All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 560 complaints, economic rights – 128 complaints, social rights – 343 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 195 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 67 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 14 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 73 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 17 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 309 complaints.
The number of appeals (complaints, applications) from citizens, submitted to the Office of DPR Ombudsman as of 18.06.2021
Human rights guarantees in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings
Enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare
Enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions
Enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families
Enforcement of rights in the field of education
Issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR
- Death toll, injuries to civilians and soldiers as a result of hostilities in the territory of the Donetsk People`s Republic
The DPR Ombudsman’s Office documents cases of violations of Donbas citizens’ rights by the Ukrainian side, including the right to life, personal integrity and freedom of movement.
Within the period between 12 and 18 June 2021, 2 servicemen of the Republic sustained injuries.
Within the period between 1 January and 18 June 2021, in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 49 people sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine: 41 servicemen of the Republic and 8 civilians.
Within the period between 12 and 18 June 2021, no one died.
Within the period between 1 January and 18 June 2021, in the territory of the DPR, 5 civilians and 34 servicemen of the Republic died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.
It should be noted that since the armed conflict began in the Donetsk People’s Republic, 5000 people, including 91 children died.
Officially confirmed information on individuals who have been wounded since the beginning of the conflict continues to be reported to the DPR Ombudsman’s Office.
- Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiersand civilians
According to operational data, as of 18.06.2021, the Ukrainian side detains about 92 people.
As of 18.06.2021, 353 people are on the list of missing persons.
- Register of displaced persons and affected citizens
At the time of armed conflict, the civilian population living in the zone of fighting and near the contact line is often affected. With the view to protect the human right to life and security of the person, and to provide assistance to victims as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine, social housing objects (dormitories, preventative clinics, health care centres).
With the coming into force of the Order of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic No. 137 of 24.04.2018, territorial commissions in cities and districts are now responsible for accommodating affected civilians. They work under the supervision of the Republican Commission on Resettlement of Affected Persons chaired by the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman.
There are currently 858 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 61 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 53 of them operate, 8 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, according to updated data, 9286 people, including 2209 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 1838 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 313 children, 7448 people live in the housing fund, including 1896 children.