11 February 2015
The British Red Cross is set to give £100,000 to help people caught up in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Violence in the country has worsened in the last few months.
About 1.5million people – more than the population of Manchester or Birmingham – have been forced to flee their homes. More than 5,000 have been killed, 200 in January alone.
There is a shortage of medical care and people are living through winter without proper shelter.
Our partners have already given thousands of blankets, first aid kits and food parcels to people affected. Since October, the International Committee of the Red Cross has delivered more than 2,000 tonnes of aid to the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. It has also taken vital medical supplies to 45 hospitals.
Our new funding will help make sure this work carries on in the months ahead.
Head of Emergencies Ben Webster said: “Fighting has left people in Ukraine living without so many of the things we take for granted – health care, a decent meal or a warm bed. This money will bring vital help to those who have been hit hardest.”