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 21 and 27 May 2022

News Overview of the social and humanitarian situation

May 26, 2014 is a date that will forever remain in the hearts of the people of the Republic. 8 years have passed since the day when the Ukrainian military first attacked the Prokofiev Donetsk International Airport. AFU fired from combat helicopters and fighter aircrafts, including at civilians. The events of those days are still pain in the hearts of the inhabitants of the Republic.

Unfortunately, over the past time, the new Ukrainian authorities have not been able to understand why Donbass made a decision to build its own statehood on its own. The infringement of the rights and freedoms of Russian-speaking citizens not only did not stop, but also acquired new colours. For example, last week, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky signed a law establishing a mechanism for the confiscation of assets of individuals and legal entities supporting Russia’s special military operation. This sanction applies persons who dispose of assets directly or indirectly.

However, no laws will stop the united forces on the way of the liberation of Donbass. The coalition troops have already established full control over 220 settlements that were previously under the control of Ukraine. The Ukrainian command is actively trying to compensate for catastrophic defeats at the front through chaotic shelling of peaceful territories of the DPR. For example, on May 25, the DPR JCCC reported shelling from the AFU on the Kievsky district of Donetsk. As a result of shelling with 122 mm shells, a man born in 1977 was killed, 9 civilians were injured, including a child.

In order to eliminate the consequences of the actions of the AFU, an operational headquarters to restore the Donetsk People’s Republic was created. This structure ensures the consistency of actions of state bodies, local administrations and organizations, regardless of the organizational and legal form and form of ownership, to restore objects located on the territory of the Republic, damaged as a result of military operations.

Another important event in the Republic was the opening of the Memorial to the Hero of the Russian Federation and the DPR, the former commander of a separate reconnaissance battalion “Sparta” Vladimir Zhoga. The monument is installed on the Alley of Heroes in the park named after Leninsky Komsomol.

Despite the difficult military situation in the region, the Donetsk People’s Republic continues to develop key areas in all spheres of life, including scientific and educational. Thus, on May 24 in Moscow at the plenary session of the conference “Development of comprehensive cooperation in the educational and scientific fields between MSU and DonNU”, between Lomonosov Moscow State University and Donetsk National University signed a Cooperation Agreement. Universities plan to develop network training programs, which will positively affect the qualification level of future specialists.

And even in the conditions of active battles with the AFU, the Republic is doing everything possible to follow the path of development and prosperity.


Since the beginning of 2022, the Ombudsman received 10772 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.