Kyiv, 26 June 2020 After almost three months of closure, practically three out of five official crossing points at the ‘contact line’ have partially resumed their work and allowed Ukrainians with urgent reasons to finally reach essential services and attend to their acute needs and those of their loved ones. Earlier in June, I called for a phased approach to the re-opening and operation of the entry/exit crossing points that is fully coordinated and clearly communicated to the population. The current situation at the crossing points demonstrates that this call was not fully translated into real actions by relevant parties.

Kyiv, Ukraine (2 July 2020)  For already 7 years in a row the Government of Japan has been providing financial assistance to support people and affected communities in eastern Ukraine. In 2020 Japan will allocate USD 4.2 million to deliver assistance through five projects that will be implemented by 4 United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Within a firm and long-standing cooperation with the government of Japan and government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine and the International Committee of Red Cross will continue addressing humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable people and work for recovery of the eastern regions  of Ukraine Ukraine.

From COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil. At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. That vision of a better future — based on the values of equality, mutual respect and international cooperation — has helped us to avoid a Third World War that would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet.

On June 23, a shipment of medical respirators and masks, goggles, face shields and gowns for healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine, arrived in the country.

Sweetened condensed milk consists of one part of concentrated pasteurized whole milk, two thirds of sugar and one fourth of butter or some variation of those parts.   But it can also taste like concentrated comfort and hope. 

Nearly 80 million women, children, and men around the world have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. Even more shocking: ten million of these people fled in the past year alone.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today appealing to countries worldwide to do far more to find homes for millions of refugees and others displaced by conflict, persecution or events seriously disturbing public order. This is as a report released today showed that forced displacement is now affecting more than one per cent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – and with fewer and fewer of those who flee being able to return home.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, together with HelpAge International, distributed personal protective equipment and Institutional Hygiene Kits which are specifically adapted to COVID-19 prevention to 10 public collective centres for the older people and people with disabilities. Currently, 761 people are living in these dormitories, who need additional security measures in connection with the pandemic.

12 June 2020 Micro- and small enterprises in government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions had to dismiss one in three employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, revealed a survey*, conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Kyiv, 10 June 2020 For almost three months, the entry/exit crossing points along the ‘contact line’ in eastern Ukraine have been closed in accordance with measures intended to contain the spread of COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who had regularly crossed each month before the pandemic are eager to once again visit family, support relatives in need of care, visit graves of their loved ones, or access education, healthcare and other basic services.

The pandemic of the COVID-19 disease has exacerbated a range of complex social and economic challenges in societies across the world – the problems of gender and wealth inequality, in particular, have been thrown into the spotlight.

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(Kyiv, 1 June 2020). Across the world, quarantines and restrictions on movement have been imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. These measures, which are necessary to contain the pandemic and to save lives, must also allow some exceptions for individuals facing extraordinary emergency situations.

The United Nations in Ukraine urges Ukraine to expedite the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), heeding the voices of 25,000 citizens who have signed a Petition to the President of Ukraine - calling for action.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani shared that Ukraine might face several challenges in the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including food crisis, the risk of relapse, and the need to protect people at risk.

Kyiv, 20 May 2020 More than 2,000 families and business to be contacted for their views The ongoing coronavirus pandemic, along with the preventive measures designed to slow its spread, are putting great stress on Ukraine’s economy, and affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the country. To determine the exact social and economic consequences of the crisis, the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP), with the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), is conducting an extensive survey of households and small and medium enterprises in all 24 oblasts.

The response to the emergency situation that Ukraine and the whole world are facing now with the COVID-19 pandemic must be grounded in the principles of public trust, transparency, respect and empathy for the most vulnerable. From the beginning, we, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, have been monitoring the human rights impact of the crisis.

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Kyiv, 17 May 2020 - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 embodies a powerful commitment to achieving a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. For the UN in Ukraine, promoting  equality, and combating all forms of discrimination is integral to our efforts to advance this global agenda and we therefore follow closely the situation of the LGBTI community within Ukraine.

Download infographics The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictive measures exposes all groups of women to higher risks of losing incomes and savings, it significantly increases the burden of unpaid care work, exposes women and children to domestic violence and exacerbates vulnerabilities of those facing multiple forms of discrimination, reveals the new study Rapid Gender Assessment of the Situation and Needs of Women in the Context of COVID-19 in Ukraine developed by UN Women Ukraine.