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War in Ukraine – six months on

On 24 August 2022, Ukraine marks a tragic milestone with active fighting in the country continuing to cause large-scale displacement and a humanitarian crisis in the heart of Europe and as needs for urgent help is growing by the day.

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'We are lucky to be alive'
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A Ukranian family of four tells a story of miraculously surviving a string of accidents during March 2022 – right after the Russian Federation offensive was launched on 24 February. Back in Chernihiv, where their hometown is located, DRC meets them at what they describe as a site marked by great misfortune and incredible luck.

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Fleeing into the woods
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Escaping areas hit by intense shelling for months in eastern Ukraine, 20 people find interim homes and peace of mind in a national park in western Ukraine where foresters are working to turn all extra space into desperately needed shelter for displaced.

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Abandoned dormitory transforms into emergency shelter
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The Soviet-era dormitory building looks empty, just until the door opens and a couple of children appear in the doorway and run out to play in the empty parking lot outside. They are far from where they origin in east Ukraine, but the dormitory is their shelter and home for now.

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Local charity assembles aid kits to civilians caught in Ukraine conflict
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DRC street lawyers offer legal aid at shelters for displaced in Ukraine
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Growing needs for protection and shelter in Ukraine
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Vsevolod Borovets – or Seva as he is called by friends and colleagues – is a young doctor from Ukraine who has recently joined DRC. He is now part of a DRC Protection team that offers services and guidance to people displaced by the ongoing crisis.

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Return to Ukraine and back in the warzone
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In the crowd of people gathered in the high ceiling waiting room at the first floor of Lviv Railway Station is a small elderly lady trying to find her way to the queue in front of the Ukraposhta (national post service) counter. Her name is Maria*, an 81-year-old Ukrainian woman from east Ukraine, looking for help.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cookies for peace
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Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina raise nearly 1,000 Euros for DRC to help Ukrainian and other refugee children.

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Humanitarian Mine Action: DRC aid workers trained in Denmark
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New threats from types of munitions never seen before and in numbers increasing by the day are among the challenges that bring humanitarian mine action delegates from all over the world’s current and post-conflict zones to Skive in western Denmark.

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DRC Ukraine: Needs for Explosive Ordnance Risk Education grow by the day
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As the war in Ukraine rages on, active fighting leaves behind thousands of Explosive Ordnance that pose threat to civilians’ lives and livelihoods.

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DRC in Ukraine: Safe spaces and hot meals - shelters in Dnipro
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The former concert hall in Dnipro city has now become one of three shelters for internally displaced persons organised by the local NGO KUST.

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DRC: Health care for Ukrainians in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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DRC in Ukraine: NGO supported by DRC provides 3000 IDPs with hot meals daily
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VIDEO: In Uzhhorod, western Ukraine, over 2-3.000 IDPs daily receive hot meals. Such aid for IDPs was organised by the local NGO, which is supported by DRC. The grant from DRC went entirely on products because the quantity of dishes daily prepared is massive.

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Ukraine: DRC deminers save lives by clearing explosives on roads
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VIDEO: On May 30, DRC deminers started clearing the road to Bilmachivka village in Chernihiv Oblast in the north of Ukraine. It is the shortest way to the village and also is an important route for local farmers.

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DRC scales up support in Moldova responding to the Ukraine crisis
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With millions of people from Ukraine crossing into neighbouring countries in search of emergency aid a protection, needs for shelter and aid is stretching local capacities. DRC now scales up presence and support across the region – most recently in Moldova.

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DRC in Ukraine: Support for IDP collective centres in Western Ukraine
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VIDEO: They fled to save their lives from the war in Ukraine, but now struggle to find a safe place within their country while waiting for peace to return. DRC has mapped the needs of 20+ IDP centres in western Ukraine and 6 have already applied for grants to improve basic living conditions.

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Explosive remnants of war in Ukraine
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For every new day of conflict in Ukraine, the country is littered with lethal traces of unexploded ordnance.

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UKRAINE: Access to war-stricken families is crucial
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DRC is working with 61 local partners for crisis response and is preparing several mine clearance operations in Kyiv. Regional director: "We are operating under extremely harsh and unpredictable conditions. But with the support of thousands of donors, we will continue to expand our life-saving crisis response."

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DRC in Ukraine: Emergency aid to Odesa
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Parcels on the way to Balta and Podilsk in Odesa Oblast in southwestern Ukraine, where communities are in dire need of humanitarian aid due to the consequences of active fighting.

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