The overview of the current social and humanitarian situation in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic as a result of hostilities between 18 and 24 April

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

This week in the Republic was marked by several significant occasions.

On 19 April citizens of Donbas met the Resurrection (Easter), which is the most important and solemn Christian celebration. Easter, taking place in different time every year, is the gala memory of the Resurrection on the 3rd day after His suffering and death. The modern name of the day of the week Sunday specifically is originated from Easter. Despite the restrictions, which are connected with the imposition of quarantine because of the COVID-19 coronovirus pandemic, citizens of the Republic were able to participate in sanctifying holiday paskhas and to spend this glorious day with relatives and loved ones.

Unfortunately, as a consequence of the quarantine measures, Easter holidays were without mass and solemn events, as a result of a range of serious reasons.

On 23 April, in the Donetsk People’s Republic, the first case with death because of the coronavirus was confirmed. At the moment, there are 67 registered cases of the infections of COVID-19 in the DPR. The State introduced the restricted and prophylactic measures, aimed at the protection of the population from a new virus to prevent the coronavirus infection.

Thus, we call inhabitants of Donbas to demonstrate their citizenship in a difficult time for everyone and actively donate blood for needy people. It is necessary to help and treat both people with the coronavirus and thousands of others, who are needed in an urgent blood transfusion. Your responsiveness can save their lives.

In such periods, the importance of supporting the work of the medical system and doctors by the nation is invaluable. Nobody risks their own health as much as doctors, who spare no effort to fight with the pandemic. The project “Doctors are the heroes of our time”, for this reason, is getting more and more popular, in which journalists call to support medics, who do all possible to cure suffers and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the Republic. People, who wish to participate in the action, can find all necessary information used the hashtag #ВрачиГероиНашегоВремени in social networks.

It should be reminded, that the DPR Ombudsman’s Office continues work in normal mode with the exception of a public reception. Citizens can send complaints at the address: Pushkin Boulevard, 34, 5th floor, office 540.

Donetsk, the DPR, 83105; or in an e-mail to: [email protected]

“Hot line” telephones also work:

+38 071-301-73-52 – on general issues;

+38 071-404-69-29 – on issues of missing people as a result of the armed conflict.

The Ombudsman continues attentively explore and monitor current situation in the Republic, also calls citizens for being careful and follow the essential sanitary-epidemiological norms.


Since the beginning of 2020, the Ombudsman received 1595 complaints.

All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 461 complaints, economic rights – 63 complaints, social rights – 214 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 187 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 44 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 2 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 36 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 16 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 572 complaints.


  1. 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 18 and 24 April, as a result of armed actions, 1 DPR serviceman sustained injuries.

On 21 April, a DPR serviceman, born in 1983, sustained injuries, as a result of shelling by the AFU of the settlement Kruta Balka, Yasynuvata district.

Within the period between 1 January and 24 April 2020, 44 people, including 29 DPR servicemen and 15 civilians (including 1 child and 5 women) sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.

Within the period between 18 and 24 April 2020, no deaths were documented in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Within the period between 1 January and 24 April 2020, 15 DPR servicemen and 3 civilians died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine in the territory of the DPR.

To be specific, since the beginning of the armed conflict 4913 people died, including 81 children.

Officially confirmed information on individuals, who have been wounded since the beginning of the conflict continues to be reported to the Ombudsman’s Office in the DPR.


  1. Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiers andcivilians

During the reporting period the DPR Ombudsman’s Office received no statements of detention.

Based on the updated figures as of 24th April 2020, there are 115 people detained by the Ukrainian side.

Information about 115 persons is either absent, or clarifying by the Ukrainian side.

On 24 April 2020 468 people are considered missing. They could have been taken prisoner in Ukraine.


  1. 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 centers).

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 supervision of the Republican Commission on Resettlement of Affected Persons chaired by the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman.

There are currently 957 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 65 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 54 of them operate, 11 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict, 7048 people, including 1623 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 2156 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 394 underage children, 4892 people live in the housing fund, including 1229 children.