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Bringing normalcy to a war-torn Ukraine


“For a year, I felt homeless. I am so grateful to these people for repairing my roof and windows,” says Oksana, resident of the Obukhovychi village in Northern Ukraine.

In March 2022, Russian troops were stationed in her yard. When they retreated from the region, Oksana’s house was burned to the ground. When we visited her this spring, she was residing in a small garden house repaired with EU humanitarian funding as she recoverd and tried to rebuild her life.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has triggered the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II.

Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter, civilian infrastructure has been subjected to massive rocket attacks and artillery shelling, thousands of Ukrainians have lost access to quality medical care and basic social services. 

The Kyiv and Chernihiv oblasts in northern Ukraine were affected by fierce fighting in March 2022. Today, local residents are trying to move forward with their lives and bring back a sense of normalcy to it.

With EU financial support, international humanitarian partners like the Czech NGO People in Need are supporting them on this journey.

People in Need is providing housing repairs, food and medical supplies, direct cash assistance, repairs to schools’ and kindergartens’ shelters, and other support.

Story by Ivanna Bedei, Information and Communication Assistant in Ukraine, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Publication date: 24/10/2023

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