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The Red Cross (ICRC) installs signs to warn people about mines in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports that they have installed 17 sings to warn civilians about the danger of mines. They put those sings on both sides of the contact line and in the gray zone between “Berezove” and “Olenivka” checkpoints in Donetsk Region.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) installs warning sings in Donetsk Region

ICRC also gave 1200 warning sings “Danger! Mines” to Donetsk authorities. Those sings will be enough to mark the territory 30 km long.

Below is the video taken from the place where one of the warning sings was installed.

This area is very dangerous in terms of mines and there are lot of them on the roadsides. In the last 6 months there were 15 accidents particularly in this area and one of them was even deadly.

– Anna Sheptunova, ICRC employee

See ICRC report at http://ua.icrc.org

Today 9 Ukrainian hostages were released in Lugansk Region. 139 are still on the list

Today 9 Ukrainian hostages were released in Lugansk Region. 139 are still on the least and kept on the territories of “DPR” and “LPR” controlled by pro-Russian armed groups.

Iryna Gerashchenko and Ukrainian hostages released in Lugansk Region

Iryna Gerashchenko and Ukrainian hostages released in Lugansk Region

The exchange took place on a bridge near Shchastya city. 8 of the released hostages are military including one who was captured by terrorists in Donetsk Airport. One of the hostages who was released today is a civilian. Ukrainian side gave 11 men to pro-Russian militants.

POWs exchange in Lugansk Region, photo by 24tv.ua

POWs exchange in Lugansk Region, photo by 24tv.ua

This operation was a result of the hard work of the contact group in Minsk and representatives of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

Representatives of ICRC who helped to release hostages

Representatives of ICRC who helped to release hostages

There are still 139 of Ukrainians kept as hostages, 788 are missing. We must find everyone. The question of release and search will be one of the key subjects during the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin in Normandy format on November 6.

– Iryna Gerashchenko at www.facebook.com/iryna.gerashchenko

ICRC in Lugansk Region during POWs exchange

ICRC in Lugansk Region during POWs exchange

You can also check more photos at http://24tv.ua

250 tons of humanitarian aid delivered by International Committee of Red Cross to Donetsk

Today 13 cargo trucks with 250 tons of humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

13 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went via checkpoints “Bugas” and “Hnutove”. Vehicles delivered construction materials and food to uncontrolled territory. Over 250 tons of humanitarian aid are for the residents of Donetsk Region.

– State Border Guard Service at Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Just 2 days ago ICRC in Ukraine reported that they delivered 39 tons of construction materials (timber, slate and wire) to Yasynuvata to help local residents to fix roofs before the winter.

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata

 

Authorities of occupied Lugansk confiscated medicine from storehouses of Doctors Without Borders

Yesterday on September 15 representatives of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) got into storehouses of international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF). They claimed that they found medicine that was not certified in Ukraine or in LPR, so they “had to confiscate” that medical supply for verification. Just few days ago on September 9 this humanitarian organization brought a lot of medicine to the territory which is not under Ukraine control now. See Doctors Without Borders delivered 22 tons of medical supplies to occupied Donetsk So the situation that happened yesterday looks more like a robbery.

Representatives of LPR opened a box of vitamins at storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR opened a box of vitamins at storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR got into storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Representatives of LPR got into storehouse of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

At the same time representatives of LPR went “to check” storehouse of International Committee of Red Cross located in Lugansk. They claimed that conditions inside storehouse were not appropriate for keeping medicine there. But nothing was confiscated according to representatives of ICRC in Ukraine.

ICRC storehouse in Lugansk

ICRC storehouse in Lugansk

Representative of LPR in front of ICRC storehouse

Representative of LPR in front of ICRC storehouse

This is not the first time when new authorities of Lugansk put pressure on international humanitarian organizations that are trying to help local residents there, see Pro-Russian “activists” protest against the International Committee of Red Cross in Lugansk

Below is the video report made by local media of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic

Pro-Russian “activists” protest against the International Committee of Red Cross in Lugansk

Couple of days ago on August 28 the “authorities” of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic brought about 200 students from villages of occupied territory of Lugansk Region to the head office of International Committee of Red Cross located close to the center of Lugansk at 12A Standartniy Gorodok St.

Protest against ICRC in Lugansk

Protest against ICRC in Lugansk

It is not clear what those young people were demanding. The main message that so-called protesters were trying to deliver was that “ICRC is doing nothing” and they also blamed ICRC in co-operation with legal Ukrainian authorities. It didn’t look like those young boys and girls suffer much and there were quite happy and smiling while posing with messages that were accusing ICRC in taking part in crimes that Ukraine does against them.

Happy "protesters" blaming ICRC

Happy “protesters” blaming ICRC

Students brought to Lugansk to protest against ICRC

Students brought to Lugansk to protest against ICRC

This show looked very cynical as since the beginning of the conflict on the East of Ukraine International Committee of Red Cross increased its presence and activity in Ukraine. This is probably the only international organization that constantly delivered humanitarian aid not only to Ukraine controlled territories of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions, but also to the territories that are currently under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic. For example, ICRC delivers and distributes food packages that weight 20 kilos each to people of Lugansk. Such packages have different kind of cans, oil and cereals enough to feed a man for 1 month.  ICRC also assist to restore infrastructure like water pipes on damaged territories, they also deliver construction material to fix broken house and so on. If somebody is helping people on those territories that are under pro-Russian insurgents control, that’s ICRC.

ICRC brought humanitarian aid to Illovaisk occupied by DPR insurgents

ICRC brought humanitarian aid to Illovaisk occupied by DPR insurgents

ICRC delivered pipes to restore water supply on DPR controlled territory

ICRC delivered pipes to restore water supply on DPR controlled territory

Just a day before that “protest” another, already 37th, “humanitarian” aid convoy arrived to Lugansk from Russia violating international humanitarian laws. Local people of Lugansk said many times that even if there is food in those white trucks from Russia, they only see it on the shelves of local supermarkets that are controlled by the leader of LPR Plotnitskiy. People of Lugansk only got food packages from Russian 1 time in September 2014, that’s all.

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Trucks with humanitarian aid from ICRC were stopped by pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk Region

ICRC delivered 116 tons of humanitarian aid to Stakhanov located on occupied territory

International Committee of the Red Cross delivered humanitarian aid to Lugansk

Trucks with humanitarian aid from ICRC were stopped by pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk Region

The trucks with humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) were stopped by pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk Region on the territory which is not controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

International Committee of Red Cross in Ukraine

International Committee of Red Cross in Ukraine

Yesterday 16 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from ICRC passed by Ukrainian checkpoint “Bugas”. They were transporting 255 tons of food, construction materials and other things for people of Donetsk Region.

But those trucks were stopped by illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic on the territory which is not controlled by Ukrainian authorities, they refused the trucks to pass by saying that they didn’t have some documents. So about 250 tons of real humanitarian aid couldn’t be delivered to people who need it.

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at dpsu.gov.ua

UPDATE. Later today Jenny Tobias, spospokesperson for Europe & Central Asia at International Committee of the Red Cross, has confirmed that 16 trucks with humanitarian aid still can’t get to occupied territory.

ICRC delivered 116 tons of humanitarian aid to Stakhanov located on occupied territory.

On May 26 International Committee of Red Cross delivered 116 tons of humanitarian aid to Stakhanov, the city is under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic and located 63 km from Lugansk. That aid will be distributed among over 5500 people who need it.

ICRC arrived to Stakhanov with humanitarian aid

ICRC arrived to Stakhanov with humanitarian aid

People got food packages that should be enough for one month. Each package contains flour, cereals, canned foods, salt, sugar, tea and sunflower oil. 70 children of local boarding school also received this humanitarian aid.

Unloading humanitarian aid from ICRC in Stakhanov

Unloading humanitarian aid from ICRC in Stakhanov

 

Distribution of humanitarian aid by ICRC in Stakhanov

Distribution of humanitarian aid by ICRC in Stakhanov

ICRC truck with humanitarian aid in Stakhanov

ICRC truck with humanitarian aid in Stakhanov

Reported by ICRC in Ukraine at https://twitter.com/ICRC_ua

International Committee of the Red Cross delivered humanitarian aid to Lugansk.

Spokesperson at the International Committee of the Red Cross for Europe, Asia and for health issues Anastasia Isyuk has confirmed that humanitarian aid arrived to Lugansk and will be delivered to people who needs it.

8 cargo trucks of ICRC passed through the last checkpoint controlled by Ukrainian Army and went to Lugansk city direction few days ago on December 20. The cargo is from Geneva and it is delivered according to international rules and coordinated with Ukrainian Government. In total there are 64 trucks that ICRC plans to deliver to occupied territories of Lugansk Region.

Below is the video recorded by local reporter Konstantine Reutski from informator.lg.ua. The trucks passed by Shchastya city and entered Lugansk through Stanitsia Luhanska controlled by Ukrainian Army.

 International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

 International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

 International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

International Committee of the Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Yesterday International Committee of Red Cross delivered tools and construction materials to rebuild damaged houses. Materials to fix 1000 square meters of damaged roofs were delivered to Shchastya, Popasna and Stanitsia Luhanska.

As winter comes and weather gets worse and cold it is very important to fix damaged hospitals, schools, administrative buildings and residential houses

– Dina Fisher, the head of ICRC in Severodonetsk, Lugansk Region.

According to her Red Cross plans to help refugees and local people who have to fight with winter weather conditions.

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Red Cross delivers humanitarian aid to Lugansk Region

Reported by http://informator.lg.ua

Red Cross from Austria will help Lugansk Region

Red Cross meeting in Severodonetsk

Red Cross meeting in Severodonetsk

Yesterday on December 11 representative of National Committee of Red Cross in Austria Christopher Jahn met Vice-Governor of Lugansk Region Olga Lishyk. The head of Regional organization of Red Cross Olga Kudayeva also took part in negotiations. They were discussing the aid for people who got hurt during the military conflict in Donbass. Starting from December 20 volunteers of Red Cross will start giving 3600 food packages to people in Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Popasna and Lugansk. The food package is 19.5 kg and it will be given to 1 person for 1 month. From December 26 to 28 310 people of Lysychansk who had their homes damaged will get electronic vouchers for 5500 UAH each, they can use that to buy construction materials to fix their houses.

The list of victims who will get construction materials was formed by city Council of Lysychansk. The shops will provide free deliveries. The support program of National Committee of Red Cross will be active till March 1 2015. The major financial donor is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria.

I want to thank everybody who help us, specially your organization. We really get food, medicine and everything we urgently need from Red Cross of Austria, Germany and other countries. You provide substantial support that we get in time.

– Olga Lishyk

Olga Lishyk and Christopher Jahn in Severodonetsk

Olga Lishyk and Christopher Jahn in Severodonetsk

Now we plan a project together with Luxembourg, Danish, French  and Austrian National Committees of Red Cross. Right now we check what is needed, so we can increase our activities in Lugansk Region. The budget of the program is not fixed yet and will be between 1 and 2 millions of Euros. The help program will be financed by European Commission. We plan and we must to work on both sides of the conflict.

– Christopher Jahn

Red Cross of Austria Christopher Jahn in Severodonetsk

Red Cross of Austria Christopher Jahn in Severodonetsk

Reported by Lugansk Regional State Administration