News by region: Europe


UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern Ukraine

24 April – The United Nations today called for an investigation into a possible landmine explosion in eastern Ukraine after a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission was killed and two others were injured.


UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike

21 April – Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation.


UN agencies welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children

12 April – New policy guidance from the European Commission aimed at improving the protection of migrant and refugee children has been welcomed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN refugee agency.


Security Council condemns ‘barbaric and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Stockholm

10 April – The United Nations Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric and cowardly” terrorist attack which took place in Stockholm on 7 April, and during which at least four people, including a child, were killed and over a dozen injured.


UN refugee agency urges EU States to suspend transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary

10 April – The United Nations refugee agency today called on European Union (EU) members to temporarily suspend returns of asylum-seekers to Hungary, concerned about the country’s new policy of detaining migrants at the border or expelling those not holding the proper papers.


UN condemns deadly Stockholm attack; wants those responsible to face justice

7 April – The United Nations today condemned the attack in Stockholm, Sweden, and expressed hope that those responsible for the violence will be swiftly brought to justice.


Children in east Ukraine need urgent care to overcome trauma of conflict – UNICEF

7 April – More than 200,000 children, or one in four, in the two regions most severely affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine require urgent and sustained psychosocial support to address their traumatic experiences, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Those responsible for St. Petersburg metro attack must be held accountable – UN chief Guterres

3 April – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned today’s explosion on the metro in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg and underlined need to bring those responsible to justice.


UN chief Guterres welcomes announcement of adherence to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

31 March – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed yesterday's announcement of an agreement on adherence to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April.


UN refugee agency stresses importance of search missions after latest shipwreck in Europe

30 March – With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the United Nations refugee agency today stressed the importance of saving lives at sea.