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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

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

 

Pro-Russian rebels banned all humanitarian organizations in Lugansk, only International Committee of Red Cross allowed

Pro-Russian rebels banned all humanitarian organizations on the territory of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Only International Committee of Red Cross was allowed to operate in the part of Lugansk Region which is not under Ukraine authorities control right now. All operations of UN on the territory of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic were also stopped.

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations

Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations

On September 24 Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of United Nations, expressed his concern because “the authorities on the East of Ukraine” ordered to stop all operations of UN in Lugansk. The staff of UN institution was told to leave the territory by September 25. Also several international NGOs were informed that they must leave “republic” before September 26.

I am concerned by messages that de facto authorities on the East of Ukraine ordered to institutions of UN in Lugansk to stop all operations and leave the area by tomorrow, September 25.

– Stephen O’Brien

Under-Secretary-General of UN said that he’s also concerned regarding situation with accreditation and registration of international NGOs in Donetsk

Decision of de facto authorities in Donetsk regarding further operations hasn’t been made yet and operations of all UN institutions of UN stopped.

– Stephen O’Brien

O’Brien said that this situation is a threat for lives of people and old people, women and kids will be left without most essential things.

Coordinator of humanitarian aid reminded that humanitarian situation in the region is hard. He said that hospitals don’t have enough of medicine, including insulin and vaccine against tuberculosis. Doctors can’t do surgeries because there is no anesthesia. 150 thousands of people don’t get food sets every month, 1.3 million of people have problems with water. Over 30 thousands can’t get construction materials that they need in order to fix their houses.

At the same time about 16 tons of humanitarian aid including food can’t be delivered to people who need that. Stephen O’Brien said that actions of “de facto authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk” brutally violate international humanitarian laws. He demanded to renew the work of UN and other international NGOs immediately. He also addressed to those who can influence “de facto authorities” and convince them not to create obstacles in delivering humanitarian aid to those who need it. Reported at www.un.org

Today humanitarian mission of “Doctors without borders” that was also kicked out of Lugansk made a statement regarding the situation. You can read it here – Ukraine: MSF refused permission to work in Lugansk, leaving vulnerable people deprived of essential healthcare and medicines

Ihor Roznatovskyi fullfils medical prescriptions for patients at an MSF mobile clinic in the town of Sukodolsk near to Lugansk, May 2015.

Ihor Roznatovskyi fullfils medical prescriptions for patients at an MSF mobile clinic in the town of Sukodolsk near to Lugansk, May 2015.

We find the decision unacceptable given the significant medical and humanitarian needs of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Lugansk. MSF has been one of the few international organisations providing vital assistance in Lugansk for more than a year. We have been dedicated to supporting doctors and nurses to be able to carry on their crucial work. As in all conflict zones where MSF works, our only aim has been to help vulnerable people, no matter their political beliefs or which side of the frontline they find themselves on.

– Dr Bart Janssens, MSF Director of Operations.

This situation follows several attempts to block the work of MSF in Lugansk and Donetsk. On September 23 residents of Donetsk came “to protest” against this humanitarian organizations. Read more at “Protests” against humanitarian mission of “Doctors Without Borders” in Donetsk and few days before that on September 15 “de facto authorities” of Lugansk confiscated medicine from warehouses of MSF, read more at Authorities of occupied Lugansk confiscated medicine from storehouses of Doctors Without Borders

So far the only humanitarian organization that was allowed to work in Lugansk is International Committee of Red Cross. But even they have problems. Yesterday at about 15:00 8 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from ICRC went through the checkpoint “Bugas” to the territory of Donetsk Region which is currently under control of illegal armed groups.

But after 3 hours those truck with food and other supply came back, because illegal armed groups didn’t let them go through. This was reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine today at http://dpsu.gov.ua

Anyway, today ICRC managed to deliver insulin to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, to Snezhnoye, Yasinovata, Torez, Khartsyzsk, Kirovskoye and Amvrosiyevka.

ICRC delivered insulin to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People's Republic

ICRC delivered insulin to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic

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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.

Read also:

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

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