The overview of the current social and humanitarian situation in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic as a result of hostilities between 8 and 14 August 2020

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

This week was marked by several significant occasions.

Revolution and evolution are two fundamentally different ways of political development of a state. The first way may lead to victims and not always has, in the end, the expected result, and the second one is supposed the development and gradual necessary changes in the right way. The key example of this thesis is Ukraine, completely lost the identity and parts of territories as a consequence of the Revolution of Dignity. Libya, Syria, Yemen… Unfortunately, the 21 century doesn’t stop teaching us, that the fragile peace is better than war.

In this context, it is impossible to ignore the current situation that is unfolding inside Belarus now. Protests, which has began during the presidential elections, which were won by the acting president Alexander Lukashenka, continue to gain momentum. Daily clashes between protesters and police have already leaded to victims among both sides, and also mass detains. The Ombudsman, in this regard, calls citizens of the DPR, who are now in the territory of Belarus to be careful, vigilant and to avoid the concentrations of protesters.

Citizens of the DPR, who are abroad, should worry about the health condition because the threat of proliferation of the coronavirus COVID-19 is still at a high level. These days the increased incidence among people was fixed, despite the Donetsk People’s Republic is succeeded in containing the situation with the spreading of the coronavirus infection at an acceptable level. Thus, from the beginning of the pandemic to this day in the Republic, 20157 registered and confirmed cases of the COVID-19 are fixed. 964 patients are in treatment, 115 cases are fatal.

At the same time, the Republic continues to live and develop. On 12 August, according to the errand by the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, 19 new combined road vehicles were transferred to cities and districts. This equipment is intended for watering and cleaning the road in summer, and also for the treatment of road surfaces in winter.

The development of the Republic may increase on the background of the agreement of ceasefire, which is entered into force. If there are no confrontations and provocations, it will be possible. However, unfortunately, the JCCC continues to document breaches of the agreements by the AFU. There is the conduct of the prohibited engineering works on the positions of the AFU with the use of trench charges in the area of settlements Novoluhanske and Novotroitske. Moreover, shelling of the settlements Sakhanka and Hnutove were fixed.

The people’s lives of the Republic don’t have to be at risk, even, taking into account, the recession of shelling. It is crucial to continue to make an effort, aimed at the creature of the sustainable and long-term peace in Donbas.

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

Since the beginning of 2020, the Ombudsman received 3704 complaints.

All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 1687 complaints, economic rights – 121 complaints, social rights – 491 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 323 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 90 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 8 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 97 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 31 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 856 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 8 and 14 August 2020 no injuries were fixed in the territory of the Republic.

Within the period between 1 January and 14 August 2020, 76 people, including 45 DPR servicemen and 31 civilians (including 6 children and 11 women) sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.

Within the period between 8 and 14 August 2020, no deaths were documented in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Within the period between 1 January and 14 August 2020, 27 DPR servicemen and 5 civilians died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.

To be specific, since the beginning of the armed conflict 4932 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 DPR.

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

Based on the updated figures as of 14th August 2020, there are about 104 people detained by the Ukrainian side, 362 people are considered missing.

  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 928 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. 55 of them operate, 9 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict, 6969 people, including 1587 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 2097 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 373 underage children, 4872 people live in the housing fund, including 1214 children.