About 200 thousand residents of the LDPR with Russian citizenship voted in the last elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Such a high turnout demonstrates a really high level of the civic awareness among the population of the Republic who took passports of the RF.
Moreover, in Ukraine, the participation of the residents of Donbass and Crimea in the Russian elections has already been condemned in Ukraine and sanctions imposed against international election observers. It seems so cynically amid the de facto prohibition to vote and take part in the Ukrainian elections for the residents of the LDPR that Kiev assiduously calls “its own” in all international platforms.
However, the real attitude of Ukraine towards the citizens of the LDPR can be seen in words of the adviser to president Zelensky, who declared the need for criminal prosecution of citizens of the LDPR who voted in elections to the State Duma of the RF.
Exactly the promotion and impunity for such statements is the main trigger of the ongoing mechanism of violence along the whole contact line. After all, “actual approval” of crimes against the civilian population of Donbas by a higher authority of Ukraine almost emboldens perpetrators in the Ukrainian army. Thus, over the last week the representatives of the JCCC recorded 12 cases of violation of an open-ended ceasefire regime by Ukraine. In total, 178 pieces of ammunition were fired on the territory of the DPR.
Such actions will not go unanswered. After all, every crime of the AFU is carefully recorded and investigated. For example, last week, experts of the Interdepartmental Commission for the Search for Missing Persons discovered and recovered the remains of 7 unknown victims of the Ukrainian aggression from a mass grave in Snezhnoye. Over the month of work, the bodies of 35 people were raised from the graves at this location.
However, despite all the difficulties, the Republic continues to live and develop. Thus, on 22 September the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin signed into law “On ratification of the Treaty in the form of letters exchange on the creation of a single customs territory and the development of economic integration”.
The treaty will come into force after the exchange of instruments of ratification between Ministries for Foreign Affairs of the DPR and LPR.
Also, the week was marked by significant cultural events. A permanent exhibition of icons was opened for residents and guests of the capital in two halls of the Donetsk Republican Museum of Art. The exposition presents more than 80 icons from the museum’s collection, dating from the 17th – early 20th centuries and illustrating the features of various icon-painting schools. The museum will also display church items: copper Old Believer altarpiece and pectoral crosses, as well as manuscript and early printed liturgical editions of the 18th – early 20th centuries.
However, when attending public events, citizens should be extremely careful as the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is still high. Thus, according to the official data of the Ministry of Health of the DPR, at the moment 64,562 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the country. 9037 patients are in treatment, 4708 cases are fatal.
The Ombudsman calls on residents to remain vigilant and comply with the necessary sanitary and epidemiological standards. For personal safety, it is recommended that you sign up on the website of the Ministry of Health as soon as possible to get vaccinated.
Since the beginning of 2021, the Ombudsman received 2866 complaints.
All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 961 complaints, economic rights – 216 complaints, social rights – 567 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 307 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 96 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 22 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 117 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 34 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 546 complaints.
The number of appeals (complaints, applications) from citizens, submitted to the Office of DPR Ombudsman as of 24.09.2021
Human rights guarantees in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings
Enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare
Enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions
Enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families
Enforcement of rights in the field of education
Issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR
- Death toll, injuries to civilians and soldiers as a result of hostilities in the territory of the Donetsk People`s Republic
The DPR Ombudsman’s Office documents cases of violations of Donbas citizens’ rights by the Ukrainian side, including the right to life, personal integrity and freedom of movement.
Within the period between 18 and 24 September, 1 serviceman was wounded.
Within the period between 1 January and 24 September 2021, in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 100 people sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine: 76 servicemen of the Republic and 24 civilians.
Within the period between 18 and 24 September 2021, no one died.
Within the period between 1 January and 24 September 2021, in the territory of the DPR, 6 civilians and 57 servicemen of the Republic died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.
It should be noted that since the armed conflict began in the Donetsk People’s Republic, 5024 people, including 91 children died.
Officially confirmed information on individuals who have been wounded since the beginning of the conflict continues to be reported to the DPR Ombudsman’s Office.
- Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiers and civilians
According to operational data, as of 24.09.2021, the Ukrainian side detains about 92 people.
As of 24.09.2021, 354 people are on the list of missing persons.
- Register of displaced persons and affected citizens
At the time of armed conflict, the civilian population living in the zone of fighting and near the contact line is often affected. With the view to protect the human right to life and security of the person, and to provide assistance to victims as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine, social housing objects (dormitories, preventative clinics, health care centres).
With the coming into force of the Order of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic No. 137 of 24.04.2018, territorial commissions in cities and districts are now responsible for accommodating affected civilians. They work under the supervision of the Republican Commission on Resettlement of Affected Persons chaired by the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman.
There are currently 861 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 60 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 52 of them operate, 8 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, according to updated data, 9196 people, including 2176 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 1800 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 308 children, 7396 people live in the housing fund, including 1868 children.