The remains of a rocket shell is seen in front of a burnt-out bus on a street in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 1, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
The fragile ceasefire between Kiev and militias in eastern Ukraine holds despite continuing reports of shelling and fighting. According to UN, the bloody conflict has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
Saturday, October 4
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is halting its operations in eastern Ukraine for several days following the death of one its employees in the shelling of the city of Donetsk, the organization’s press secretary said.
“We have suspended operations for a few days, because now the most important things for us are, first of all, ensuring the safety of our employees in Donetsk, and, secondly, to deliver the body of our worker (Laurent DuPasquier, 38) to his family in Switzerland,” Alina Murzaeva, ICRC’s press secretary in Ukraine, told RIA Novosti news agency.
The future of ICRC’s presence in Ukraine is to become the subject of a later discussion, Murzaeva added.
The trilateral mission of officials from the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine has begun to outline a buffer zone in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, said Dmitry Gorbunov from the press service of the Kiev military operation in the city of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed over 3,600, with just under 8,450 others wounded as of September 30, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in the weekly report.
OCHA noted some serious ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine: “Despite ceasefire and a 9-point memorandum signed by the parties on 19 September, serious ceasefire violations are reported daily and shelling has intensified in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. As a result, displacement is on the rise and lives of civilians are endangered.”
The humanitarian organization also urged to find a solution in Ukraine, warning that beginning January 2015, Ukraine “will not be able to cover the country-wide needs for antiretroviral and TB drugs.”
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