At least 212 civilians were injured or killed from shelling and light weapons fire in October 2018, according to the World Report 2019, published by Human Rights Watch on January 17. This is the 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizing key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.
“Shelling across or near the contact line separating the two sides continued to damage civilian homes and infrastructure and threaten civilian lives. Since 2014, 740 education facilities were damaged during the conflict, 16 from January to October 2018. Both sides carried out indiscriminate or deliberate attacks on schools and used them for military purposes”, — according to OSCE.
Pensioners from armed group-controlled parts of Ukraine have to register as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and then to maintain residency in the areas controlled by the government of Ukraine in order to access their pensions.
Eligible for priority crossing and assistance people (older and/or with disabilities) were not provided with the necessary services at the contact line.
Crossing the line remains difficult for civilians, especially on the side controlled by Russia-backed armed groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, due to long waiting in extreme temperatures.