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Ukraine News Today June 17, 2017: 47 civilians killed, 222 injured in Donbas year to date; 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

Ukraine News Today: 47 civilians killed, 222 injured in Donbas year to date; 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN; President Poroshenko signs bill abolishing 'Savchenko law'
Ukraine News Today June 17, 2017: 47 civilians killed, 222 injured in Donbas year to date; 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

OSCE: 47 civilians killed, 222 injured in Donbas year to date

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has confirmed that 47 civilians were killed and another 222 were injured from January 1 to June 15, 2017, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.

“In 2017 conflict in E [Eastern] Ukraine took 47 lives & injured 222 people. Most cases were due to shelling in populated areas,” the SMM wrote on Twitter.

 

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced earlier that as of June 16, 2017, a total of 2,696 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 9,903 had been wounded since the beginning of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns.

“Nearly three million people in eastern Ukraine rely on water infrastructure that is now in the line of fire,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, noting that more families are expected to be cut off from safe drinking water, putting children at severe risk of disease and other dangers.

About 400,000 people, including 104,000 children, had their drinking water cut off for four days this week after two filtration stations for the South Donbass Water pipeline were destroyed by shelling. Urgent repairs were completed yesterday evening.

In Donetsk, power lines providing electricity to the city’s water filtration station were damaged earlier this month, threatening more than 1 million people’s access to safe water.

Children cut off from clean drinking water can quickly contract water-borne diseases such as diarrhea. Girls and boys having to fetch water from alternative sources, or who are forced to leave their homes due to disruptions to safe water supplies, face dangers from ongoing fighting and other forms of abuse.

“All sides of the conflict must allow urgent repairs when water sources are destroyed and immediately stop the indiscriminate shelling of vital civilian infrastructure,” said Ms. Khan.

UNICEF has provided access to safe drinking water to more than 1.5 million people in Government and non-Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

In 2017, UNICEF is appealing for $31.3 million to provide health and nutrition support, education, clean water, hygiene and sanitation as well as protection for children and families affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The appeal has received about $9.9 million, still $21.4 million short of the target.

President Poroshenko signs bill abolishing ‘Savchenko law’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the bill amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the rules for the sentences’ cumulative and the credit of the term of pretrial detention, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

The press service of the Ukrainian president reported on Saturday, the law amends the rules of calculating imprisonment terms and taking into account the pretrial detention terms of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. According to the rules, the pretrial detention term was added to the penalty on a ‘day for a day’ basis or using the rules foreseen in Part 1 of this Article.

According to the law, when the penalty terms, which are not mentioned in Part 2 of Article 72, are imposed, court could mitigate the penalty or release the person, taking into account the pretrial imprisonment term.

The law takes effect next day after its publication.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the rules for the sentences’ cumulative and the credit of the term of pretrial detention, abolishing the so-called ‘Savchenko law’ (bill No. 5534) on May 18, 2017 with 227 supporting votes.

‘Savchenko law’ came into force on December 24, 2015. According to the document, every day of a pretrial detention should be credited as two days of the main punishment.