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Crisis in Ukraine Update

 

 

After 112 days of fighting, Russia is trying to consolidate its gains in Ukraine’s east. As the war drags on, Jewish Federations and our partners continue to work together to ensure that urgent relief reaches the neediest. 

 

 

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS 

 
  • Ukraine’s defense in the country’s eastern regions is growing more difficult. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that despite Russian forces significantly outnumbering Ukrainian forces in the region, complete Russian control of eastern Ukraine was “not a done deal.” 
  • Meanwhile, thousands of civilians are trapped in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk with essential supplies running out. Many of the trapped are sheltering in bunkers beneath the city's Azot chemical plant where severe fighting is taking place. The last bridge leading out of the city was destroyed in fighting earlier this week - effectively trapping its 12,000 remaining residents inside. For weeks, capturing Severodonetsk has been a top military goal for Russia, which now controls most of the city.
  • The US Government has announced it will provide an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine to fight Russia. President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ahead of the announcement, which the Pentagon said included providing Ukraine with 18 howitzers, 36,000 rounds of howitzer ammunition and two Harpoon coastal defense systems.
  • The UN Human Rights Council says that some 7.57 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the beginning of fighting. More than 2.48 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 $64 million since the fighting began. For full, new details about Federations’ response to the crisis regarding 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.

Jewish Federations also unveiled a major analysis of the emergency needs of the dozens of relief organizations they are supporting in Ukraine, projecting a total of $99 million in needs through the end of December. For full details, see here.

 

 

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