Operational details & security context
Ukraine is a state in Eastern Europe. The population of Ukraine is 42 million people.
The capital of Ukraine is Kiev.
Official language is Ukrainian; Russian is widely spoken.
The climate of the whole territory of Ukraine is temperate continental.
People drive on the right-hand side of the road in Ukraine. Access to all roads is free of charge.
Ukraine is low-risk area for international volunteers, without the risk of major natural disasters and political instability, except in the eastern region and the territory of Crimea which are affected by conflict. All the risks mentioned below are moderate and in most cases will not influence the volunteer deployment.
HRC Postup is very strict with the security of its members (employees and volunteers). We have developed several tools (security management plan, safety policy, evacuation plan) that are shared with all members to be strictly followed. The organization regularly takes part in security trainings to improve skills and develop better security rules.
The city where the volunteer will be deployed is Severodonetsk which has been secured for more than 3 years and since then the city has had a chance to develop. It is located on a peaceful territory, 35 km from the line of demarcation. Since 2014 the city has had no any military accidents or shelling, proving that Severodonetsk is safer now and does not differ from other cities of Ukraine in terms of the security of civilians. It is actually the administrative center of Luhansk oblast and its population has increased to more than 150 000 residents.
Moreover, offices of many international NGOs that implement own activities in Luhansk region (UN, ICRC, OSCE, NRC, DRC, ACF, etc.) are situated in this city.
Due to the international presence in the area of the regional administrative center, the atmosphere in the city improved economically and in terms of its social activism and NGO sector, if compared to the last 20 years.
The volunteer will not be asked to go to any unsafe place or to travel close to the front line (and will always be at least 5 km away). Travelling without HRC Postup employees outside the city will also not be allowed.
In any case, if the security situation changes, HRC Postup will not take any risks for its members and volunteers and will move them to a safe place (in Kiev or back to the country of Origin if requested).
The volunteer will gain further knowledge of the recent local security and operational context during follow up meetings, reviews and everyday communication with colleagues.