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Ukraine: "Conditions this winter will be even more challenging for the people"

2,000 food packages are currently being packed at the Malteser Ukraine, destined to be distributed as part of winter aid. Photo: Malteser Ukraine

Malteser Distribute Relief Supplies

Cologne. The second winter since the start of the major invasion is approaching for the people in Ukraine. After nearly two years of war, almost 18 million Ukrainians are reliant on humanitarian assistance. People's living conditions have further deteriorated since the past winter. Many power plants and energy distribution centers have been damaged or destroyed. "We anticipate that this winter will be even more difficult than the last. The energy infrastructure was heavily damaged by over 1,500 attacks last winter, and we expect that there will be prolonged power and heating outages again this winter – especially if there are renewed attacks," reports Melanie Plöger, who coordinates the assistance for Malteser International in Ukraine.

To provide for the people in the south and east of Ukraine during the cold winter months, the Malteser will distribute 2,000 food packages and 1,400 winter packages containing sleeping bags, blankets, insulation mats, lamps, and other items crucial in the cold season over the next few weeks in Ukraine. "Damage to the infrastructure and continuous bombings of front-line areas – as well as more distant cities – complicate the provision of essential supplies to the affected population. But we strive to maintain support for people even in remote areas," says Plöger.

After the occupation of Eastern Ukraine by Russia in 2014, Malteser International, together with Ukrainian Malteser and two other local partners, initiated psychosocial support for displaced people in the east of the country in 2015. After the major invasion in 2022, the assistance was expanded.

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Melanie Plöger, Partner Country Coordinator for Malteser International in Lviv, is available for interviews and sound bites.
Contact: +49 (0)221 9822- 7181, katharina.kiecol@malteser-international.org
The people affected in Ukraine are in urgent need of donations:
Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V.
IBAN: DE10 3706 0120 1201 2000 12



Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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