The past week in the Republic was marked by a high level of tension in the military-political sphere. On February 15, another provocation of intruders was carried out in order to intimidate the population of the state. There were multiple reports of bomb threats in a number of buildings on the territory of the capital of the DPR, but they all turned out to be false. There is also a sharp round of escalation in the military direction. Thus, the morning of February 17 in the Republic began with armed provocations by the Ukrainian side. According to the JCCC, in the period from February 12 to February 18, 2022, 36 cases of ceasefire violations by the AFU were recorded.
In this regard, the Ombudsman expresses concern and points out that only through diplomatic efforts it is possible to find a way that will bring peace.
In the context of the growing military threat from Ukraine, approval of Resolution No. 58243-8 “On the appeal of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin “On the need to recognize the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic” by the State Duma of the Russian Federation is extremely important for the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. In response to the decision, the Head of the DPR expressed his gratitude to the Russian parliamentarians for the voting results. “At the same time, we will treat with understanding and respect any decision of the top leadership of the Russian Federation,” Denis Pushilin emphasized.
Despite the difficult military-political situation, the authorities of the Republic are implementing projects to improve the well-being of citizens of the DPR. Since the beginning of the year, the amount of pensions has been recalculated upward by 20%, which affected 640,000 pensioners. Also, it is planned for 2023-2024 to increase pension payments and social benefits, which is an important factor in strengthening the social sphere of the Republic.
The development of the young state also takes place in the sports field, in which the republican athletes show their best side. Thus, at the swimming tournament “Stars on the Volga”, which was held in Volgograd from February 10 to 13, representatives of the DPR won 27 gold medals.
In the context of the difficult epidemiological situation in the world, the citizens of the Republic actively support the idea of collective immunity. Thus, by this moment, more than 483 thousand people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the DPR. Despite the high level of vaccination, the Ombudsman calls on residents to remain vigilant and comply with the necessary sanitary and epidemiological standards. According to official data from the Ministry of Health of the DPR, 149,345 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the country. 26964 patients are in treatment, 9639 cases are fatal.
Since the beginning of 2022, the Ombudsman received 601 complaints.
- 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.
- Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiersand civilians
- 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.