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Much more than 9,000 killed because begin of Ukraine conflict: UN

Posted December 09, 2015 22:32:12

An unexploded rocket in field near the village of Dmitrivka. Photo: An unexploded rocket in field near the village of Dmitrivka. (AFP: Dimitar Dilkoff)

More than 9,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Ukraine began, a United Nations report says, warning that even though fighting had abated, millions were in precarious situations.

The UN human rights office hailed “a sharp de-escalation of hostilities” in the conflict zones in eastern Ukraine since the warring sides signed a new truce on September 1, following a fragile truce agreed in Minsk in February.

In its latest report on Ukraine, the rights office said that between August 16 and November 15, 47 civilians were killed and 131 injured in the conflict zones of eastern Ukraine — sharply down from the previous three-month period.

But nonetheless, at least 9,098 people — including civilians, soldiers and militia members — have perished since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014 until the middle of last month, with another 20,732 injured, the report said.

Fifty-two per cent of the casualties since August were caused by landmines and other explosive devices, the report said, underscoring “the urgent need for extensive mine clearance and mine awareness actions on both sides of the contact line”.

Ukraine’s emergencies ministry said that by last month it had cleared the separatist Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the former Soviet republic’s once-booming industrial heartland of more than 44,000 mines.

But the warring sides and foreign monitors are struggling to estimate how many unexploded devices remain.

“Mapping of the minefields is so far incomplete and inaccurate, and sign-posting is urgently required to warn the population about their presence,” the report said, cautioning that the arrival of snow would make the situation even more dangerous, since it would cover and even displace booby-traps.

Serious human rights concerns

The rights office meanwhile warned that “serious human rights concerns persist”, including “continuing impunity, torture and an absence of the rule of law in the east”.

The humanitarian situation also remained dire for many of the nearly three million living in the affected areas, as well as for the more than 1.5 million who have been displaced inside Ukraine.

“Civilians in the conflict-afflicted eastern parts of Ukraine end the year as they began it, in a very difficult humanitarian and human rights situation,” UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein said in a statement.

A rescuer stands in a food storage unit in Ukraine. Photo: A rescuer stands in a food storage unit destroyed during shelling between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. (AFP: Aleksey Filippov, file)

“Elderly people have no access to their life savings, people with disabilities have little assistance, and reduced access to healthcare has left many in dismal, precarious, even life-threatening situations,” he cautioned.

The report said civilians in areas controlled by armed groups in the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk continued to face serious rights abuses, including killings, forced labour, and extortion, while the government forces were slammed for using arbitrary and secret detention.

Mr Al Hussein reminded all sides in the conflict that they can be held criminally accountable for the human rights abuses in territories under their control.

The report stressed that “amnesty cannot be provided for individuals responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave human rights violations, including summary executions, torture or similar cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, and enforced disappearances”.

To reach a lasting peace, all sides must fully implement the Minsk Agreements, it said.

But it warned that the “continuing presence of foreign fighters”, including some identified as members of the Russian military, “as well as the reported influx of heavy and sophisticated weaponry from the Russian Federation and the lack of effective control by the government of Ukraine of the state border with the Russian Federation remain the major impediments to this solution”.

AFP

Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, territorial-disputes, world-politics, ukraine

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BlazeAid volunteers begin perform to clean up Pinery bushfire devastation

Posted December 08, 2015 06:52:54

BlazeAid volunteers have started operating to help clean up areas impacted by the Pinery bushfire north of Adelaide, estimating they will stay there for as lengthy as 4 months.

Volunteers are restoring fences for farmers and finishing other jobs in the community, with camps set up in Hamley Bridge and Roseworthy.

“What our concentrate is, is to try and get the farmers up and running with fences so they can get their stock back in,” Hamley Bridge camp coordinator John Lillico stated.

“We’re also going out to a lady … her garden is a bit burnt so she desires that cleaned up so her young children can go out and play in it.”

The Pinery bushfire killed two folks, tens of thousands of livestock, 85,000 hectares of farmland and damaged or destroyed 87 houses.

Much more than 13,000 insurance claims totalling $ 119 million have so far been made.

Mr Lillico said the Pinery bushfire recovery work was the largest operation he had been involved in.

“I was talking to the farmers and the speed of the fire here was just astounding … quite hard to comprehend,” he said.

“There is very a bit of perform. I’m amazed by how large the front is.

“I’d say we’d be here for at least three or 4 months.”

Mr Lillico stated dozens of people had volunteered their time to get involved with BlazeAid’s recovery work.

“We’ve got 25 right here [at Hamley Bridge] currently and by the end of the week we’ll have 40,” he mentioned.

“We’ll get heaps of function accomplished … it is remarkable what these individuals can do.”

Topics: emergency-incidents, emergency-planning, bushfire, fires, disasters-and-accidents, volunteers, neighborhood-and-society, states-and-territories, government-and-politics, mallala-5502, hamley-bridge-5401, wasleys-5400, adelaide-5000, sa

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Photos shared online begin to reveal full scale of SA bushfire damage

Posted November 26, 2015 16:59:15

Associated Story: Reside: 1st SA fires victim identified as fight to save property continues
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The full extent of the damage brought on by a main bushfire in South Australia is beginning to emerge as social media users share photos of the destruction.

Two people have been confirmed dead and 16 houses have been destroyed by a fire that has burned via about 90,000 hectares.

External Link: SA fires local measure

Subjects: fires, disasters-and-accidents, bushfire, social-media, emergency-incidents, sa, mallala-5502, kapunda-5373, freeling-5372, tarlee-5411

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