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18 May 2020 This report is a consolidation of UN informational products on COVID-19, developed by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine.  DownloadDownload file
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.

In response to the critical needs of the healthcare facilities of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Ukraine, UNOPS with funding from the Government of Canada procured and delivered 7 Artificial Lung Ventilation Systems for the Main military clinical hospital in Kyiv.

KYIV, 8 May 2020 All parties involved in hostilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions should make the protection of civilians an absolute priority, said Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, noting a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties in early May.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle (DW), the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine called for the opening of the contact line in Donbas, which is blocked due to quarantine. This will allow paying pensions.

KYIV, 6 May 2020   In April, UNICEF in Ukraine has procured medical equipment, personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies for hospitals in eastern Ukraine. Nearly UAH 16 million worth of assistance has resulted from a close partnership with the private sector in Ukraine.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was briefly interviewed by BBC on COVID-19 response. Watch full video below.  A. Guterres: Shocked? Obviously yes, I mean, it's dramatic to see so many people dying and it's dramatic to see this devastating impact on economies and societies, especially on the most vulnerable people. But not surprised, because unfortunately what is true, is that the world was not able to come together and to face COVID-19 in an articulated coordinated way.

КИЕВ, 1 мая 2020 года  2 мая отмечается шестая годовщина насилия в Одессе, унесшего жизни 48 человек, однако никто так и не был привлечен к ответственности за 48 убийств и смертей, – заявила Матильда Богнер, Глава Мониторинговой миссии ООН по правам человека в Украине.

KYIV, 1 May 2020 As 2 May marks the sixth anniversary of the violence in Odesa that claimed the lives of 48 people, no individual has been held accountable for the 48 killings and deaths, said Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Kyiv, 29 April 2020  As the first cases of COVID-19 infection in penitentiary institutions are being reported, the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, calls upon the Government of Ukraine to ensure that measures are taken to protect people in detention.

When U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would freeze his country’s funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the middle of the global pandemic of COVID-19, the world lashed out. The European Union, the United Kingdom, Russia and China all said the move undermined international efforts to fight the disease.

For a majority of Ukrainians Easter is a special and most joyous holiday; a time for families to come together and share a heartwarming celebration. Ukraine’s beautiful Easter traditions are elaborate and deeply intertwined with a strong tradition of family and community togetherness.

Kyiv, 16 April 2020, Disruptions caused by COVID-19 response and associated containment measures disproportionally affect children. Emergency responses shut some public services. Family environments marked by poverty bear the full burden of measures used to prevent and control COVID-19, such as closure of schools, access to social services and support, lack of income, food and social isolation.

13 April 2020 The dominance of false information prevents Ukrainians from effectively resisting spread of novel coronavirus. So, the ICTV Facts website has started collaboration with the UN to improve the situation. A series of collaborative publications will debunk the most popular myths, conspiracy theories, and other fake news regarding COVID-19.

I am extremely concerned with the increase in civilian casualties in the conflict zone, especially those caused by the shelling and fire from small arms and light weapons. In March of this year, our Mission [the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine] recorded two civilian deaths and 14 civilian injuries resulting from shelling and SALW fire on both sides of the contact line: two killed and 11 injured in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘republics’, and three injured in Government-controlled territory. This is equal to the total number of such casualties over the preceding five months, from 1 October 2019 to 29 February 2020 (one killed and 15 injured). Civilians also continue to be killed and injured in mine-related incidents and as a result of handling of explosive remnants of war.

Conflict-related civilian casualties in Ukraine[1] March 2020 From 1 to 31 March 2020, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 19 conflict-related civilian casualties: two killed (one man and one woman) and 17 injured (eight women, six men, two girls and one boy), a 280 per cent increase compared with February 2020 (one killed and four injured). This was more than the total for January and February 2020 (two killed and 15 injured), and the highest monthly figure since September 2019 (two killed and 22 injured).

This year people all over the world are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening our health and making us deal with restrictions that create different risks.

Today is the day to celebrate World Health Day. On this day, April 7, World Health Organization (WHO) was founded with the primary role to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. This year, which has been declared the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in Ukraine and in the world, we want to emphasize the role of nurses who are now at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

Kyiv, 7 April 2020. The people of Ukraine, together with countless millions across the world, are confronted with a global crisis that is menacing all of humanity: the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, the increase in civilian casualties in eastern Ukraine, which have reached their highest level since September 2019, is deeply concerning. I urge all concerned to heed UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire and put aside differences to focus on stopping the spread of the virus. This is a time for solidarity. Urgent, collective action is needed now to address the pandemic and to assist those most vulnerable.