Ukraine crisis: What the ICRC is doing - January & February 2015

An overview of ICRC activities related to the Ukraine crisis, focusing on January and February 2015 except where stated otherwise. For more information, see our Ukraine page.

The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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  • Kiev

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    Detainee welfare at places of detention under the control of the Ukrainian authorities

    The ICRC:

    • made 21 visits to people held in connection with the conflict at nine places of detention in Kharkiv, Kiev, Odessa, Poltava and Zaporizhia, during which we assessed the treatment the detainees were receiving and the conditions under which they were being held;
    • visited and registered more than 170 detainees held in connection with the conflict at places of detention under Ukrainian government control;
    • collected messages containing family news from detainees and delivered them to the detainees' families.

       

    Working with the URCS

    The ICRC has been documenting cases of missing persons, working with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. We are currently following up on the cases of 300 people and are talking to the authorities on all sides in an effort to find out what has happened to them.

  • Donetsk and Lugansk regions

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    Sviatogorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, February 2015.  Emergency supplies stand ready for distribution to people who have fled from Debaltseve.

    Sviatogorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, February 2015.

    Emergency supplies stand ready for distribution to people who have fled from Debaltseve.

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    Activities across both regions

     

    Aid

    Some 80,000 people received more than 1,400 tonnes of food and other items such as hygiene parcels, blankets and plastic sheeting.

     

    Health

    • Around 4,000 people received aid supplies in 19 hospitals, orphanages and residential homes for the elderly.
    • Seven health facilities underwent repairs, so that they could continue to operate at full capacity.
    • The ICRC donated supplies to 10 hospitals and one first aid post in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, including hospitals in the city of Donetsk.

     

    Reconstruction

    Municipal authorities received construction materials with which to repair roofs, plus the tools needed to undertake essential repairs to public buildings and homes damaged by shelling.

     

    Detainee welfare at places of detention in opposition-held areas

    The ICRC:

    • visited people in prisons in Donetsk and Lugansk who had already been serving prison sentences prior to the conflict, and assessed conditions of detention in those facilities;
    • distributed food and hygiene products for 8,000 detainees at 13 Prison Service establishments in areas under opposition control;
    • carried out its first visit to injured detainees in areas under opposition control who were being held in connection with the conflict;
    • collected messages containing family news from detainees and delivered them to the detainees' families.


    Mines and explosive remnants of war

    • The ICRC distributed 150,000 leaflets and 3,000 posters to raise awareness of the risks posed by mines and explosive remnants of war (unexploded shells, etc.).
    • To support the Ukrainian government's efforts to clear explosive remnants of war, the ICRC donated metal detectors, protective aprons, visors and other equipment to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

     

    Activities in the city and region of Donetsk

    • The ICRC delivered one month's supplies to Kalinina Hospital in Donetsk for its kidney machines.
    • More than 3,000 people who had fled to 11 villages in Starobeshevo district received hygiene kits and basic food supplies.
    • Some 600 displaced people who had fled to Sviatogorsk to escape the intense fighting in Debaltseve received food for one month. We organized this distribution together with local Red Cross volunteers and in cooperation with the local authorities.
    • The ICRC delivered over 24 tonnes of food to Debaltseve, which was distributed among local residents with the help of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

     

    Activities in the city of Lugansk

    The ICRC donated equipment and tools to the Lugansk Water Board (Voda Canal) so they could repair the water network and increase the volume of water available.

  • Mariupol

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    Mariupol, Ukraine, January 2015.

    ICRC staff distribute plastic sheeting so that residents can repair their homes following damage caused by shelling.

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    The ICRC:

    • distributed tarpaulins and plastic sheeting, working in cooperation with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society;
    • provided leaflets explaining the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance and how to avoid being injured.
  • Crimea

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    Since November 2014, the ICRC has distributed 19,000 aid parcels to displaced people through Red Cross branches in Crimea.

  • Belarus

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    The ICRC funded vouchers that the Belarus Red Cross is distributing in the country. These will enable 3,000 displaced people to buy food and other essentials. About 2,000 people have already received vouchers since the beginning of February, and distribution continues.

  • Southern Russia and the northern Caucasus

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    Since December 2014, the ICRC has been working through Red Cross branches in Krasnodar, Adygea and the northern Caucasus to distribute food parcels, hygiene items and other supplies to 11,000 displaced people.