“The world cannot remain indifferent to this tragedy,” Alla, a recent refugee from Ukraine, reflected upon the war in Ukraine. “People in the effected and destroyed areas need medicine, food for children, and the list continues to grow.”
About 10 million people have been forced to flee Ukraine following the Russia’s February 24 invasion.
Most Ukrainians have fled westward to neighboring nations – mostly to Poland, Germany, etc. – where they have found a haven from the bombings, combat, shelling and destruction.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February is a continuation of a war that began in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and supported pro-Russian separatists who seized the Donbas region in southeastern Ukraine.
Those fleeing the war have been mostly women, children, the disabled and the elderly. Male Ukrainian citizens between the ages of 18 and 60 have not been able to leave the country to stay behind and defend their homeland. In addition, many women, and teens under the age of 18 have remained to fight. Many Ukrainians living and working abroad have returned to their native country to defend it in the recent weeks.
However, the population of Ukraine in the areas closest to the conflict, especially elderly and children, continue to experience the most challenging reality of destruction, shortage of food and supplies.
Speaking to the local volunteers in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Yavoriv, Dnipro and Odessa, Mariupol, Archbishop Daniel recently stated that “…the scale of the suffering is devastating. It’s easy to forget that there are human faces behind the staggering headlines of daily news coverage. As we pray for peace, we must continue to do everything possible to support the survival and dignity of Ukrainian families.”
Witnessing to the ongoing slaughter of Ukraine and immeasurable destruction of residential communities, the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA continue to serve the needs of those in destroyed and affected areas throughout Ukraine.
Most parishes of the Church are involved in collecting funds and material goods that can be forwarded to the families of the wounded and fallen soldiers, displaced persons, etc. It is precisely due to the generosity and kindness of the faithful and clergy of the UOC of the USA, the Church continues to find new ways of delivering assistance to those that are most affected by the war in the Southern and Eastern parts of Ukraine.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Consistory of the Church continues to oversee the distribution of the logistical and financial assistance to the most affected areas of Ukraine.
Kharkiv, Lutsk, Kyiv, Yavoriv, Lviv, Ternopil, Odessa, Sumy, Lutsk, Severodonetsk, Dnipro, Mariupol – these are the major city-hubs where the UOC of the USA, through the ministry of the local religious and community leaders, continues to provide the life-giving support for the survivors, wounded and displaced people.
Responding to the basic needs for survival, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA continues to help with the logistical supplies of food and medical items in Kostyantynivka village (close to the devasted city of Donetsk). His Eminence Metropolitan Serhiy of Donetsk and Mariupol, along with the clergy and volunteers, oversee the transparent distribution of humanitarian aid.
In Kharkiv region, the UOC of the USA continues to provide funding to a group of volunteers (under the leadership of Valerii Bychkov), who by risking their lives, daily deliver the most necessary medical and logistical supplies to Kharkiv district elderly residents of destroyed buildings and parts of the city and region.
Moreover, through the cooperation with the Kharkiv Eparchy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Archbishop Daniel coordinated efforts with His Grace Bishop Mytrophan, who most recently distributed the most necessary survival items for the displaced families and individuals who lost their homes during the most recent bombings in the area of Nemyshli.
We are truly grateful to all those who have donated and contributed to the Church’s charitable initiative, for by doing so you follow Christ’s teachings of love, mercy, and self-sacrifice.
As the war wages on, please consider joining the forces of good by donating generously to the UOC of the USA fund set aside to assist Ukraine. It is thanks to your generosity that the Church is able to provide these crucial supplies and save lives, while it continues to pray and save souls.
The national Spiritual Center – Metropolia continues to coordinate financial donations and their distributions via various ministries in Ukraine.
Please, visit our web site for the most recent updates on our humanitarian efforts and CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US IN OUR MISSION TO HELP THE PEOPLE AND NATION OF UKRAINE!