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 17 and 23 December 2022

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

The current week was marked for the residents of the DPR by a number of significant events.

The settlement of Yakovlevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic came under the control of the Russian forces thanks to the coordinated offensive actions of our military. Measures are being completed to clean the settlement from the remnants of Ukrainian troops. Russian units continue to work on the liberation of Donbass in the framework of a special operation.

Suffering defeats at the front, Ukrainian militants do not stop the terror of the inhabitants of the Republic, taking out their anger on the civilian population for their weakness. Throughout the week, the AFU carried out shelligs on Donetsk, Gorlovka, Makeyeka and other settlements of the DPR. Hospital named after Kalinina has become one of the most shelled targets of the Ukrainian army. As a result of the strikes on December 18 and 19, the DoCTMA facilities were partially destroyed and received significant damage. But the worst thing is that because of these attacks there were dead and injured among civilians.

Due to the absence of any reaction from the international community, the DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova sent official letters to a number of international organizations demanding that they give a proper legal assessment of the tragic events taking place in Donbass.

In the context of ongoing hostilities, one of the priorities for the state and human rights institutions remains the work to return our soldiers to their homeland from enemy captivity. So, on December 23, after receiving the necessary medical care on the territory of other constituents of the Russian Federation, 13 DPR servicemen returned home. The fighters were released from Ukrainian captivity as part of the exchanges between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, which took place on December 1 and 6.

The state also pays close attention to the issue of the physical and mental condition of its servicemen, including those who have left the service. Thus, on December 17, 25 demobilized students went to Moscow for rehabilitation thanks to the Presidential platform “Country of Opportunities”. In the Russian capital, young people will be able to undergo physical rehabilitation, receive psychological support and learn about social and professional actualization.

Particular attention in the context of the SMO is paid to determining the status of significant symbols of the country for both servicemen and civil. On December 20, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a bill that establishes the status of the St. George Ribbon as one of the symbols of the military glory of Russia and the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Administrative liability or criminal punishment is provided for public desecration of the St. George Ribbon.


Since the beginning of 2022, the Ombudsman received 32422 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 Donbass citizens’ rights by the Ukrainian side, including the right to life, personal integrity and freedom of movement.


2. 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.