The overview of the current social and humanitarian situation in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic as a result of hostilities between 23 and 29 May

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

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

On 26 May inhabitants of the State recalled the mournful date of the beginning of the armed conflict in Donbas. 6 years ago combat aircraft, multiple-launch rocket systems, artillery were transferred to fight with residents of Donbas, who rebelled against the illegal seizure of power in Kiev. The Ukrainian authorities even introduced the economic blockade, subsequently all payments to pensioners and people, who have social security in the territories are under the control of the LDPR were fully stopped.

However, during this time the Ukrainian authorities couldn’t break fortitude and love to freedom of our citizens. The nation of Donbas demonstrated bravery, steadfastness and strength over and over again in response to tests, appeared all that time. Due to these characteristics today we succeed in the building of the young and powerful state, which is able to protect own citizens and provide them fully livelihoods.

In the Republic necessary law acts are adopted for functioning of the State, one of which is the Law, which was adopted in two readings “On the prohibition of rehabilitation and glorification fascist collaborationists since the Great Patriotic War”. The Act provided for a range of measures, aiming at the forbidden of rehabilitation and glorification fascist accomplices in networks, on the Internet or on the TV.  It will lead to administrative responsibility.

Such acts have particular relevance because of the recent tendency “to rewrite the history”. The example can be occasions, which unfortunately we see, where nationalists hold the so-called march in honor of the division SS “Galician”, created by Nazis during the Second World War. Such actions increase the split in the Ukrainian society.

Another serious problem, despite the Nazism, trying to revival, is still the threat of spreading the coronavirus COVID-19 in the world. Today in the Republic 501 registered and confirmed cases with COVID-19 are fixed. 357 patients are in treatment, 127 persons are discharged from hospitals, and 17 cases are fatal. However, in spite of all difficulties, the situation is under the control by the DPR competent authorities, which is taking all necessary measures to minimize the consequences of the pandemic.

It should be reminded, that the DPR Ombudsmen’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.

Donets, 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 2,114 complaints.

All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 757 complaints, economic rights – 80 complaints, social rights – 296 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 216 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 52 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 4 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 55 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 17 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 637 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 23 and 29 May two DPR servicemen sustained injures as a result of armed actions.

Within the period between 1 January and 29 May 2020, 60 people, including 35 DPR servicemen and 25 civilians (including 6 children and 7 women) sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.

Within the period between 23 and 29 May 2020, in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 1 DPR serviceman died.

Within the period between 1 January and 29 May 2020, 21 DPR servicemen and 4 civilians died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.

To be specific, since the beginning of the armed conflict 4,921 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 29th May 2020, there are 115 people detained by the Ukrainian side. However, official representatives of Kiev declare that they either do not provide information about these people, or clarify information about them.

On 29 May 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 911 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 64 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 54 of them operate, 10 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict, 7054 people, including 1609 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 2140 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 384 underage children, 4914 people live in the housing fund, including 1225 children.