Making Life go on

How the war in Donbas affects civilians

This report aims to shed light on the problems with which civilians in Eastern Ukraine struggled as a consequence of the armed conflict in the region. The main problems stem from the frequent shelling of towns and villages, from widespread lawlessness that led to the illegal imprisonment of thousands of people. Problems also occur because the belligerent parties position their weapons in densely populated areas and because medical assistance is difficult to access along the contact line. This edited volume contains an analysis of Ukrainian and international legislation and an analysis of the effects of armed conflict on civilian life in Donbas. The authors have also formulated recommendations for governmental and non-governmental organizations within and beyond Ukraine. The volume is targeted at civil society activists, journalists, lawyers and human rightsdefenders as well as a broader audience concerned about the situation in Eastern Ukraine.