Protecting civilians in armed conflict


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After two years of conflict, tensions remain high over the status of the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and clashes continue to occur on an almost daily basis. In spring 2016, the humanitarian situation deteriorated when various checkpoints were closed due to repeated outbreaks of hostilities.

Since May 2016, fighting has intensified, and in summer 2016, the parties’ fighters started to move closer to each other in the buffer zone, further increasing the risk of confrontation. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea are also having repercussions in the Donbass region.


Thematic areas of work in this country
Humanitarian norms

Depending on the outcome of an assessment carried out in 2016 and 2017, Geneva Call is considering developing a programme in Ukraine. Meetings and discussions with armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from the Donbass region are planned to assess their interest in a structured dialogue on the situation of the civilian population.

  • is a directory of armed non-State actors commitments. Check out the documents concerning this country on
Strategy 2017-2019


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