What's going on?
On February 24, Russian military forces began an invasion of Ukraine. Shelling, airstrikes and other active hostilities are targeting cities across the country, causing serious damage to homes and infrastructure, including electricity lines, gas and water systems. Food is one of the top three concerns of people along with safety and access to fuel for transportation.
As of April 27, UNOCHA estimates that 13.3 million people, nearly one third of the Ukrainian population, have been forcibly displaced since February 24. This number includes more than 5.7 million refugees who have fled the country, according to the UN Refugee agency. An additional 13 million people are stranded in conflict-affected areas and are unable to evacuate.
Conflict has been ongoing between Russia and Ukraine since late 2013, with Russia annexing the Crimea peninsula in March 2014.
What is MCC doing?
- MCC has approved several smaller-scale emergency response projects as we make plans for longer-term work:
- MCC’s primary response at this stage includes several short-term humanitarian projects providing food, cash, shelter, medicine and hygiene supplies to displaced persons, host families and conflict-affected households.
- MCC has recently approved additional support for humanitarian assistance in Nikopol, Kharkhiv, Zaporizhzhia, Uman and villages in the Cherkasy and Mykolaiv regions. MCC’s partners are providing emergency shelter, hot meals to IDPs and distributing food baskets, cash assistance, medicine and other essential items to an estimated 3,650 participants from IDP and conflict-affected families. Most participants in these projects are originally from the east and southeastern parts of Ukraine.
- In addition, MCC is supporting fellow Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) member ADRA with its food assistance project in Ukraine and Moldova through MCC’s account at CFGB.
- Partners indicate that local churches are instrumental in offering emergency support and basic needs; church buildings are places to gather for safety, places to pray, places where people are coming together to support their neighbours.
- MCC has worked in Ukraine since our beginnings in 1920, opening soup kitchens to provide relief to thousands of starving families. Our projects in Ukraine prior to the Russian invasion included relief, peace, health and education programs. MCC is in regular contact with our partners who are working to assess immediate needs and are planning ways to scale up their work.
MCC staff outside their home context were evacuated from Ukraine. Staff still in Ukraine are carefully following security protocols and monitoring the rapidly evolving situation.
What you can do
- Pray: Please join us as we pray for Ukraine.