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The current Russian invasion that started on February 24 follows eight years of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As hundreds of thousands across the country endure bombings and assaults by Russian military forces, have lost power, and been cut off from water and fuel, the number of people being displaced internally and fleeing to neighboring countries increases by the day. The UN anticipates that as many as 6.7 million will be displaced internally. Those heading towards the western regions face food shortages and other essential supplies. There is a particular concern for the women and young children (who make up most of the refugees) and the discrimination the Roma and different nationalities face while trying to escape the conflict.

Our response will include financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months. And amid the chaos, sibling churches and ecumenical partners are already assisting with essential items for survival. Our priority is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not. We have trusted and established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this critical work.

Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line. Mail to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700