This was announced by Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Alexander Hug, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
The overall humanitarian situation in rural areas is of major concern. In particular, with the winter approaching, heating system preparedness and fuel availability raise concerns, Hug said at a press conference in Luhansk on Friday.
Also, according to him, huge inflation has been recorded in non-government-controlled areas. The SMM has checked prices of basic foodstuffs and concluded that they have increased by five percent since the beginning of September, Hug says.
Despite this, the people on spot, according to the SMM, are sure that normalization is possible - more and more people return to their former places of residence, and local companies resume their operations.
The OSCE is concerned about the cessation of all humanitarian programs since mid-July. No international aid is accredited in "LPR"-controlled territory and international organizations do not supply any assistance here. At the same time, the only NGO accredited in the "DPR"-controlled area is Médecins Sans Frontières (an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization - ed.).
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