The overview of the current social and humanitarian situation in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic as a result of hostilities between 25 and 30 April

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

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

Donbas is actively prepared for the celebration on 1 May. The Labour Day as a national holiday is officially celebrated in 86 countries. This holiday is differently named in various countries, e.g. the International Workers’ Solidarity Day, Labour Day, May Day.

The history of this date began in Chicago in ХIХ century. On 1 May 1886 in the city mass protests and demonstrations of workers, who required introducing 8-hour working day from the employers, were started. The protest was over with the confrontation between protesters and police. The police arrested hundreds of inhabitants, and seven worker-anarchists were sentenced to death.

In June 1889 the Paris congress of the Second International on the proposal of the French delegate Raymond Lavigne in the sign of solidarity with workers in Chicago made a decision to conduct  annual worker demonstrations on 1 May.

At the present time 1st and 2nd of May are traditional days, when citizens can go on a picnic and have a rest. Furthermore, governments of many countries organize people’s celebrations, fairs, performances by famous artists, and also a lot of other entertaining events. At the same time, for other citizens May holidays are the best time to ennoble gardens or parcels.

Despite the holidays will held without traditional celebrations, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, citizens and visitors of the Republic will feel festive atmosphere thanks to efforts of the communal service. Thus, the worhers of communal services engage in the planting of flowers and trees, the irrigating flowerbeds, the painting fences and benches, the cleaning streets. The adjusting of fountains is at the final stage, which will start working on 1 May.

However, despite the festive spring’s days, the Ombudsman calls citizens to be prudent and carefully observe the introduced regime of restrictions in the connection with the pandemic.

It should be noted, at the present day in the Republic, the third case of COVID-19 has already been fatal. Nowadays 100 registered and confirmed cases of COVID-19 were fixed in the Republic. 86 patients are treated, 11 are discharged from hospitals. MES and Ministry of Health of the DPR are fully provided with disinfectants for holding special treatment of transports, places and objects of the Republic. Used products have a high level of bactericidal properties and are safe for human.

It should be reminded, that the DPR Ombudsman’s Office continues to 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 1713 complaints.

All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 538 complaints, economic rights – 66 complaints, social rights – 225 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 196 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 47 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 2 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 40 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 17 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 582 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 25 and 30 April, as a result of armed actions, 1 DPR serviceman sustained injuries.

On 27 April, a DPR serviceman, born in 1992, sustained injuries, as a result of the shelling by the AFU of the settlement of Leninskoye, Amvrosiivka district.

Within the period between 1 January and 30 April 2020, 45 people, including 30 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 25 and 30 April 2020, no deaths were documented in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Within the period between 1 January and 30 April 2020, 16 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 4914 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 30th April 2020, there are 115 people detained by the Ukrainian side.

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

On 30 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 958 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, 7065 people, including 1629 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 2157 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 394 underage children, 4908 people live in the housing fund, including 1235 children.