Montag, 18.11.2019 05:01 Uhr

Situation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 16.10.2019, 16:47 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now entering its sixth year, affects a wide variety of human rights, notably the right to life and economic and social rights of the population living close to the contact line. The continuing conflict affects the lives and wellbeing of the civilian population residing close to the contact line, including through damage to critical civilian infrastructure and schools.

The decline in conflict-related civilian casualties is welcomed, but efforts to reduce the impact of hostilities on civilians are still needed. More must be done to prevail over the impact of the hostilities, including through inclusive Government policies which prevent the widening of social divisions, and measures to ensure a respectful and non-violent approach to social diversity. The total civilian death toll of the conflict reached at least 3,339 as of 15 August 2019. The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG ‎and its working groups in Minsk on 15 October 2019:

“At the end of last week I spent two days in the east of Ukraine. In particular, I got a first-hand update on the situation in Stanytsia Luhanska. I was impressed by the pace of the repair works at the bridge across the Siverskyi Donets river. On October 4, a temporary bypass bridge was opened there. I personally walked across it and was able to observe the restoration of the broken span of the main bridge. I witnessed the great achievement that facilitates crossing the line of contact for civilians. Let me remind you that the launch of the repair works was preceded by three years of negotiations. I regret to say that I cannot give a positive assessment of adherence to the ceasefire, as the number of violations has recently

risen sharply. For this reason, I strongly appeal to the sides and call on them, while realising their political and humanitarian responsibilities to the civilian population, to do everything necessary to ensure a sustainable ceasefire. The security situation in the conflict zone, as well as the issues of the renewal of the disengagement of forces and hardware in the Zolote and Petrivske areas, were today the main topics of discussion in the TCG and the Security Working Group. The sides failed to renew the disengagement of forces and hardware in Zolote and Petrivske on October 7, 2019 as per the agreement reached at the previous meeting. However, the sides confirmed their commitment to implement this decision.

I hope that in the very near future we shall witness its implementation.The Economic Working Group, among other topics, discussed issues of mobile communications and water supply across the contact line in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (CADR and CALR) as well as pension payments.The Humanitarian Working Group continued discussions on an exchange of detainees. Issues of the search for missing persons were also addressed.In the focus of the Political Working Group today was the legal realization of a special status for CADR and CALR, in particular taking into account the decentralization process in Ukraine. The issues of amnesty and modalities of local elections in CADR and CALR were also discussed”.

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