Caritas fears for a humanitarian emergency in eastern Ukraine following an upsurge in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists.
For those who flee the violence in their towns, needs are high for medicine, clothing, rent, firewood and food. Galina and Alexandre are receiving CRS/Caritas support of a cash grant, in the amount of €265 (US$300), that will allow them to purchase the most critical living items.
Around 1.5 million Ukrainians in the east of the country have been uprooted by war. People who had homes and jobs find themselves crammed into a small room or two and are largely dependent on charity. Caritas has so far helped people with essential aid.