The preservation of historical truth is one of the key principles of the state ideology of the Donetsk People’s Republic. On 30 November, the Donetsk Regional Museum hosted the Forum on Preventing the Falsification of History with the participation of the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin. This event was held as part of the implementation of the action plan for 2021-2022, in accordance with the Resolution on the prevention of falsification of the history and results of the Great Patriotic War. This official document was signed on 29 April 2021 by the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the DPR, the Minister of Information of the DPR, the Minister of Education and Science of the DPR and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the DPR. “Information and psychological warfare is being waged against our history and the memory of our heroes. They want to deprive us of our self-identification, our self-consciousness by outright lie. The Russian Donbass is giving a decisive rebuff to attempts to destroy the unity of Russians” said the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin during his speech. The result of the Forum was the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Russian Humanitarian Mission and the Russian Centre public organization, within the framework of which the Russian House was opened in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic. There, it is planned to conduct educational events for applicants, students and representatives of various professions by specialized specialists from Russia and more.
The Day of the Unknown Soldier is another symbol of memory of those who died for the freedom of Donbass during the Great Patriotic War. Thus, with the aim of military-patriotic and spiritual and moral education of the citizens of the Republic, on 3 December in Donetsk, an event dedicated to the Day of the Unknown Soldier was held, within the framework of which there were speeches by the officials of the Republic and invited guests, a demonstration of the thematic video “Unknown …”, as well as a presentation the “We remember” site. “We remember” is an interactive project that allows you to preserve and popularize objective information about the events of ancient times through the publication of archival materials and documents. The memory of those who fought and won the battles with dignity was honoured with a minute of silence.
Feelings of patriotism, pride in their homeland, devotion and love for their people – this is what distinguishes the residents of Donbass. Even in the conditions of ongoing shelling, the citizens of the Republic retain the most important moral values and a desire for peace, which cannot be said about the Ukrainian military that continues shelling the territory of the DPR. According to the JCCC, within the period between 27 November and 03 December, 9 cases of violation of the permanent ceasefire by the AFU were recorded, as a result of which a civilian of the Republic received a bullet wound.
The following settlements were under the shelling by the AFU: Aleksandrovka, Grigorovka, Dokuchaevsk, Donetsk (Trudovskaya mine settlement), Novolaspa, Sakhanka, Staromikhaylovka.
Despite the tense military-political situation in the region, our state continues to actively build its own vector of economic development. Thus, on 30 November, the Unified Economic Council approved the rules of procedure for the Unified Economic Commission. The provisions of this document establish the procedure for rotating the chairmanship of the Commission, holding meetings, etc. The creation of a single economic space for the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics is an important step in the development of not only interstate relations, but also in expanding the economic potential of both countries.
Along with achievements in the socio-economic sphere, the Republic is developing a sports direction. Proof of this thesis is the winning of 25 medals by athletes from the DPR at the open traditional kickboxing tournament “Don Cup”, which took place from November 25 to 28 in Rostov-on-Don.
In the field of culture, the week was marked by the celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Donetsk Republican Universal Scientific Library named after Krupskaya on 1 December. Today the library is the main book depository of the Republic, having in its archives a universal fund for all branches of knowledge in traditional and electronic media.
Significant news already in the field of education was the successful completion of the Russian accreditation of the Donbass National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The presence of an educational diploma of Russian model is an advantage and an important component of the prospects for young specialists of our state in terms of employment, both in the Donetsk People’s Republic and abroad.
However, the epidemiological situation in the Republic remains tense. According to the official data of the Ministry of Health of the DPR, at the moment 110,423 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the state. 6910 patients are in treatment, 8420 cases are fatal.
The Ombudsman calls on the residents to be vigilant and comply with the necessary sanitary-epidemiological norms. For personal safety, it is recommended to sign up as soon as possible on the website of the Ministry of Health for immunization with the ‘Sputnik Light’ vaccine, which can be used both for primary vaccination and revaccination, and for citizens who have previously had COVID-19.
Since the beginning of 2021, the Ombudsman received 3479 complaints.
All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 1142 complaints, economic rights – 258 complaints, social rights – 722 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 358 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 111 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 27 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 137 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 46 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 678 complaints.
The number of appeals (complaints, applications) from citizens, submitted to the Office of DPR Ombudsman as of 03.12.2021
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 27 November and 03 December, 1 civilian man and 3 servicemen of the Republic were injured.
Within the period between 1 January and 03 December 2021, in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 124 people sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine: 93 servicemen of the Republic and 31 civilians.
Within the period between 27 November and 03 December 2021, 1 civilian man, born in 1986, died as a result of the shelling of the settlement of Golmovsky in Gorlovka, by an UAV of the AFU.
Within the period between 1 January and 03 December 2021, in the territory of the DPR, 7 civilians and 67 servicemen of the Republic died as a result of the armed aggression by Ukraine.
It should be noted that since the armed conflict began in the Donetsk People’s Republic, 5035 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 soldiers and civilians
According to operational data, as of 03.12.2021, the Ukrainian side detains about 94 people.
As of 03.12.2021, 320 people are on the list of missing persons.
- Regiсster 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 861 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 60 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 51 of them operate, 9 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, 9020 people, including 2158 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 1739 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 306 children, 7281 people live in the housing fund, including 1852 children.