• The nation’s HIV response is currently being threatened by conflict in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as these areas are home to many of the people living with HIV in Ukraine.• Domestic funding covers most of the Ukrainian HIV response, however the effect of the conflict on the country’s economy may mean that Ukraine will struggle to meet the costs of their planned response.Keep up with this story and more A Pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014.
It’s a black hole for human rights where sexual violence can be used with impunity.
And in territory held by the Ukrainian government, law enforcement authorities have conducted only a handful of faltering investigations. human rights monitors in eastern Ukraine identified “a pattern of sexual violence perpetrated in places of detention” to humiliate, punish, torture or extract confessions.
In separatist-controlled territory, sexual violence has also been used to extort money and property. But during her capture in July 2014, she was kept in a cramped, overheated basement.
Food and water were scarce; for a toilet, prisoners only had access to a bucket once a day.
“They asked me if I was from Chechnya,” says Rizaeva, a Crimean Tartar who had fled during Russia’s annexation of her homeland in 2014.