Mr Mitja Hegler
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The current Ukrainian crisis having salient international implications erupted in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution following the impeachment of at that time president, Mr Viktor Yanukovych. An armed conflict erupted between the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian insurgents in the Crimean Peninsula, following its annexation by the Russian Federation.
In the aftermath of the Crimean crisis, in major cities across southern and eastern Ukraine with a larger proportion of ethnic Russian population, the pro-Russian unrest took place escalating into armed separatist insurgency affecting the Donbass region.
In spite of the Minsk agreements and attempts to provide a peaceful resolution to the conflict, hostilities continue to pose an immediate threat to human security, endangering lives of civil population. Although we have in the last few months seen a significant reduction of hostilities in certain parts of eastern Ukraine, the political and security situation still remains critical and uncertain.
Humanitarian situation is dire with many people struggling to satisfy the basic needs and with government struggling to provide the assistance. At least 9,098 people have so far lost their lives and 20,732 people have been wounded in east of Ukraine according to the UN report.
Due to extensive contamination with explosive remnants of war (app 7.000 sq. km. in Donbass region) and huge number of people in need, there is an urgent need for a holistic and coordinated approach to support clearance operations, risk education as well as victim assistance programs.
What we do
ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) in February 2015 with a common goal to relief the suffering of mine/ERW and conflict affected population in Ukraine and relieve the ravages of armed conflict, occasioned by the legacy of landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance. In order to recognize the exact needs for immediate interventions, ITF has in April 2015 conducted assessment mission to Donbass region.
Since 2014 ITF is providing a psychosocial support to children, victims of armed conflict, while limited number of victims were included in physical rehabilitation programs as well. While these activities will continue, ITF is raising funds also to enhance national capacities in Ukraine responsible for clearance of landmines, cluster muntiion oand other explosive remnants of war in Donbass region.