IDPs come back to their homes in militants-controlled territories
19:29, 6 October 2015

IDPs come back to their homes in militants-controlled territories

OSCE reports that population of Dokuchaievsk, Donetsk region, has almost entirely returned

19:29, 6 October 2015


"Following up on a report of ceasefire violations in “DPR”-controlled Dokuchaievsk (30km south-west of Donetsk), the SMM [Special Monitoring Mission] spoke with a total of 15 residents (different age groups and in different locations in the city) and the  “head” of the “city administration”, stated OSCE SMM in their latest message. The “head” of the “city administration” stated that "people had been returning to their homes in the city and that the current population amounted to 21,000 compared to 13,000 in January 2015, whereas the city had 25,000 inhabitants before the conflict," according to the message. 

"The interlocutors respectively stated that they had not heard shelling for at least a couple of weeks with the exception of what they referred to as “DPR” live-fire exercises," informs OSCE.

In the Donetsk region the situation remains relatively calm. As for Luhansk region, the weapons withdrawal operation has been launched here October 5. After removing weapons from the contact line in Luhansk region, the simmilar operation is to be launched in Donetsk region. 

942 thousand Ukrainian IDPs were resettled from the temporarily occupied territory (Crimea) and areas of the anti-terrorist operation (Donbas). Specifically, from Donetsk and Luhansk regions came 921 thousand people, and 20 thousand people were from Crimea and Sevastopol. Among this number, 159 thousand children are IDPs and 462 thousand are disabled and elderly.

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