Handelsblatt. The forgotten war Europe

Erupted in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, the conflict has long ago turned into trench warfare, stated in the report by German business publication Handelsblatt.

Units of the Ukrainian army and separatists, supported by Moscow, almost daily violate the agreed ceasefire, and shooting is conducted from small arms and mortars and heavy artillery.

In mid-October a meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin raised hopes for de-escalation of the situation, but any changes has not occurred, the correspondent.

The Deputy head of the Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine Alexander hug first drew attention to the situation of the civilian population in the frontline area. «Many of those who are there — the elderly. Sometimes they are completely alone,» he says.

As an example, the BBC cites 82-year-old resident of Novooleksandrivka in Lugansk region: «a Woman living alone in the house, which was damaged in the shelling. There’s no gas, no coal, no electricity, not even water.» Humanitarian aid, as emphasized by the hug, does not come because of the danger.

In the nearby Krasnogorovka of Donetsk in the summer of 2014 there is no gas heating, and the electricity on schedule. The potbelly stove is not less than 100 euros — a luxury for most people, the article says.

In another suburb of Donetsk — Avdeyevka — fighting for several months. «They shoot in the evening, near six-thirty, and it goes on until the early morning hours,» says local resident Sergei. According to him, the locals on the street trying not to go «because of the snipers.»

In Kiev, the OSCE, the hug strongly encourages the coordination center of the Russian and Ukrainian military finally come to a permanent cease-fire. No one should let thousands of people live in fear and experience of deprivation, he says, hoping for understanding.

Translation InoPressa

Handelsblatt. The forgotten war Europe 25.11.2016

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