The overview of the current social and humanitarian situation in the territory of the Donetsk People`s Republic as a result of hostilities in the period 14 and 20 May 2022

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

The current week in the DPR was marked by several significant events.

On May 14, the Republic celebrated the DPR Constitution Day. Thanks to the adoption of the Basic Law in 2014, the beginning of the democratic development of our state was laid, in which the main principles are social justice, respect for the rights and freedoms of man and citizen.

The military-political situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic in the period from May 14 to 20 maintained a high degree of tension. Ukrainian military continue to conduct massive artillery and mortar attacks on cities and towns. The representation of the DPR in the JCCC regularly records the facts of death and injury of the civilian population.

Despite active hostilities, DPR servicemen continue to successfully liberate settlements that were temporarily in the zone of Ukrainian influence. At the moment, 186 settlements are under the control of the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

During the new heroic deeds of our soldiers, the Republic does not forget about those who fought for the freedom of the Donbass region since 2014. Thus, on May 18, residents of the DPR honoured the memory of the commander of the international brigade “Pyatnashka” Oleg Mamiev. Arriving as a volunteer in the DPR, he fought for the Russian world on the front line until the last minute of his life. His name is forever inscribed in the history of Donbass!

One of the important events of the outgoing week was the mass surrender of Ukrainian servicemen. Since May 16, about 1,900 people left the territory of ‘Azovstal’ factory in the city of Mariupol. Issues of a humanitarian catastrophe and mass casualties among the civilian population of the DPR are in the focus of attention of the main human rights defender of the Republic. “Absolutely all evidence of the atrocities of the national battalions and the regular army of Ukraine will be carefully studied and sent for further investigation to the competent authorities of the DPR and the Russian Federation,” DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova said following a working visit to liberated Mariupol.

The current week was marked by a number of significant events in the field of education. Thus, on May 18, the Head of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation signed an order on cooperation between universities in Russia, the DPR and the LPR. The list of universities that will be linked by partnerships includes 23 universities from Russia and 22 from the DPR and LPR. Also, in view of the plans to introduce new federal state standards in schools from grades 1 to 5 in the DPR, advanced training courses were organized for 3.5 thousand teachers of the Republic at the academy of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.


Since the beginning of 2022, the Ombudsman received 9714 complaints.


  1. Death toll and 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.


  1. Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiers and civilians


  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, there social facilities (dormitories, preventative clinics, health care centres).

In accordance with 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.