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Russia is targeting civilians and humanitarian aid in Ukraine

Megan Gingerich
May 16, 2022

When Russia launched its first attack on Ukraine back in February, it quickly became clear that it wasn’t afraid to target innocent people or break humanitarian law. Russian forces’ blatant disregard for hospitals and civilian train stations proved that, but continued attacks have shown that one of Russia’s goals is to harm civilians and block openings for humanitarian aid.

Recently, Russia launched an airstrike on a school building in Luhansk, where over 80 refugees lived. The school building was destroyed. At least 27 people survived the attack, but 60 are presumed dead.

Now, the survivors have nowhere to go. They need to find another safe place to live, even though it seems like nowhere is safe. When refugees find somewhere to stay, they’ll need food, water, medical care for their injuries, and more.

These refugees are just one example of Russia targeting civilians, and stories keep flooding in. One refugee, Inna, told our partners how she was shot at while waiting in line to receive food with other displaced Ukrainians. Some have seen Russian soldiers driving vehicles with the Red Cross logo, a clear violation of humanitarian law.

And the recent use of hypersonic missiles against the port town of Odesa was likely a strategic move to block shipments going both in and out of eastern Ukraine.

Not even World Help partners are exempt from recent attacks. One of our partners’ offices was completely destroyed, with Bibles and Christian literature burned in a pile outside. Thankfully, the refugee centers were safe.

Attacks against civilians aren’t just happening through missiles and airstrikes, though. It’s also happening on the ground.

“We saw the face of evil as we witnessed the intentional targeting of civilians by the Russians,” our partner said. “They killed, raped, and stole wherever they went going from home to home.”

The landscape in Ukraine is bleak, and there’s no way to sugarcoat it. But despite knowing they may be targeted, our partners on the ground haven’t given up — and neither should you.

You STILL have the power to do something about this crisis. But time could be running out.

Right now, our partners are still able to distribute aid to both refugees in Ukraine and in bordering countries like Poland, Romania, and Hungary. However, if Russian attacks move toward western Ukraine, it could become more challenging to get lifesaving aid like food, water, medical care, and more to internally displaced refugees.

That’s why it’s so important to act now.

Every $35 you give provides a week’s worth of emergency supplies like food, water, shelter, medical care, and more to a refugee in Ukraine or another war-torn area.

Because of how quickly the situation in Ukraine is escalating, your gift could literally be the difference between a refugee having food and water next week or not. We need to help as much as possible now, before it’s too late, to help give refugees the best chance of surviving this war.

And that’s not all. When you choose to give, you show a refugee that you stand with them. You show them the love of Christ and help provide the hope they need to take their next steps, whether that’s simply getting out of Ukraine or finding more permanent housing for those who have already evacuated.

You can make that kind of impact for just $35. Click the button below to give as generously as you can today.

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