Crisis in Ukraine Update
After 140 days of fighting, the fighting in Ukraine continues unabated. As the war approaches its fifth month, Jewish Federations and our partners continue to work together to ensure that urgent relief reaches the neediest, including both refugees who have fled as well as those remaining in Ukraine.
- There are reports of progress in talks mediated by the United Nations and Turkey to guarantee safe passage of shipping in and out of Ukrainian ports. Amid global shortages, Ukrainian officials say more than 20 million tons of grain remain stuck in Ukraine due to Moscow's blockade of Black Sea ports. Ukraine has been able to send some of its grain by road and rail, and a new naval route is opening up through the Danube estuary. But only 2.5 million tons were exported last month, much less than the 8 million ton average before the war.
- The US State Department says that it is aware that an American citizen living in Ukraine is being held captive by pro-Russian separatists. Rwandan-born Suedi Murekezi, 35, is said to have been arrested last month in the Russian-occupied port city of Kherson. Reports say the US Air Force veteran has been falsely accused of joining pro-Ukraine protests.
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on Russia to stop forced deportations of Ukrainians. Russia had reportedly forcibly moved some 900,000 - 1.6 million people to Russia, many of them children, according to Blinken.
- The UN Human Rights Council says that 9.15 million refugees have now fled Ukraine since the beginning of fighting. More than 3.55 million refugees who initially fled Ukraine have since returned.
REFUGEES, FEDERATIONS, AND PARTNERS ON THE GROUND
Jewish Federations continue to raise money for Ukraine relief efforts, and have collectively raised more than $71 million since the fighting began. For full details about Federations’ response to the crisis in Ukraine, please see here, and for details about the impact that Federations work is having on those fleeing, see here.
Through both directed and collective grant making, Federations are supporting numerous NGO’s that are operating on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries. This includes Jewish Federation partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and World ORT; as well as United Hatzalah, Hillel International, Nefesh B'Nefesh, HIAS, the Israel Trauma Coalition, Hadassah Medical Organization, Chabad, Shma Yisrael, Project Kesher, JCC Krakow, Jewish Community Vienna, the Emergency Volunteer Program, Magen David Adom, Global Surgical Medical Corps, Office of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rescuers Without Borders and others.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) continues to help Jews in need across Ukraine and the region, supported by Federation emergency allocations. Among many efforts, since fighting began on February 24, JDC has:
Evacuated over 12,771 Jews from Ukraine
Provided over 38,723 refugees with food, medicine, trauma support and more
Provided over 565 tons of humanitarian assistance, including over 7 tons of medication
Treated over 10,000 patients at the JDC-Natan health clinic
Received over 18,228 incoming calls to JDC hotlines, and made over 41,839 outgoing calls
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