People in Need continuous supporting people in UkrainePublished: Mar 1, 2022 Reading time: 2 minutes
Intense fighting is ongoing across major cities, including the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson and Odesa, among others, as well as Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. Damage to civilian infrastructure has left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity or water. Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed, while bridges and roads damaged by shelling have left some communities cut off from markets.
OHCHR reports at least 240 civilian casualties (as of February 26), including at least 64 dead. According to UNHCR, more than 160,000 people have reportedly been internally displaced and over 116,000 have been forced to flee across international borders into neighbouring European countries. Government estimates as many as 5 million refugees in worst-case scenario.
Under these circumstances People in Need mobilizes resources to support even more the population of Ukraine. The core team of the organization was transferred from Kyiv to Lviv, and a new office was opened. New activities are being planned to address the needs of people in different regions. PIN continues water delivery in the eastern Ukraine adapting to new challenges. Experienced psychologists are constantly providing psychological support to the population by phone 𝟬𝟴𝟬𝟬𝟮𝟭𝟬𝟭𝟲𝟬.
As of now, the initial needs assessment on the border with Poland has been completed. People are waiting for several days to cross in a 28-kilometer queue at the Rava-Ruska crossing point and in a 7-kilometer queue at the Uhryniv crossing point. Local authorities, territorial defense and local communities organized food points and transportation of people to them, distribution of some hygiene items, as well as informational points. But the needs are much greater. Among the identified needs: lack of medical care, toilets hygiene items, food for children under 3, shelters where people could keep warm.
The first trucks have already arrived in Lviv with humanitarian aid: food, hygiene items, diapers, blankets, sleeping bags, karemats and other goods. In addition, part of the team has established a new office in Lviv and is preparing intervention to support people in different regions.
In addition, with the support of the Czech people and institutions, 64 million Czech crowns (2.56 million euros) were raised to help people in Ukraine and prevent the humanitarian catastrophe.