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+++ War in Ukraine: Help the people in need +++

In the early morning of February 24, 2022, the unthinkable happened: Russia attacked Ukraine. There is war in Europe.

We are supporting the people in need from Ukraine. As one Order of Malta family, we need to stand together, now more than ever, and take action for the people who urgently need our help. In Ukraine, in the immediate neighboring countries and the other countries of arrival, we are in action to help people in need with hot meals, psychosocial and medical care as well as shelter.

Continuous relief transports with essential relief goods reached more than 65 cities in the south and east of Ukraine. In addition, mobile medical units, ambulances and heaters could be provided. Preparations for the harsh winter months are already underway. Then again many people will be in need of help.

Our solidarity, our prayers, and our hands-on support for the suffering people in Ukraine are needed now. With your donation you can support our emergency relief for people affected by the Ukraine war.

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With your support we help those affected by the Ukraine war:

This is how we help the people in need affected by the war in Ukraine

Malteser International is in close contact with the Order of Malta entities in Ukraine and neighboring countries. These are currently taking care of some of the tens of thousands of refugees. We support the Order of Malta network on the ground financially as well as by providing relief supplies and by coordinating the emergency aid. In this way, we ensure that the aid meets the needs of the people and reaches them quickly.

As of 17/08/2022

c. 5,500

tons of aid delivered from Germany to Ukraine


cities/areas in Ukraine reached with relief supplies


consultations on psychosocial support for internally displaced persons carried out

c. 304,000

people helped to date at borders

Our emergency aid in Ukraine

  • In western Lviv, Malteser Ukraine distributes food (365,000 warm meals in the first 6 months since the beginning of the war), water and blankets at the train station to exhausted people arriving from the east of the country and sets up collective shelters.
  • From Lviv, continuous shipments of relief supplies are organized throughout the country.
  • Our long-standing psychosocial support project is maintained on a limited basis by our staff. In-person, telephone, and online psychosocial counseling is provided to traumatized people (13,000 counseling sessions in the first 6 months since the war began).
  • In Ivano-Frankivsk, Malteser Ukraine has set up an emergency shelter where displaced people can find a hot meal, medical care, psychosocial counseling and a place to rest
  • Close to the border, where many people are waiting for days until they can leave the country, Malteser Ukraine provides the refugees with food, water, blankets, and medical care.
  • Refugee children were able to attend a summer camp in Ukraine.
  • Together with a hospital in Lviv and funded by the German Foreign Office, we are building an extensive project for prosthetic care for amputation patients.
  • Winter aid (including blankets and solar baterries) for internally displaced persons is being prepared and another collective shelter with living space for up to 120 people is being renovated.

    Great support comes from the international network of the Order of Malta: Order of Malta entities worldwide support the aid for the people in Ukraine and the refugees in the neighboring countries. Order of Malta aid organizations on the ground in Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia are providing supplies and support to the refugees. In countries like Lithuania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria etc. more and more refugees arrive and are received, accommodated in shelters and supported.
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Impressions of our aid for the people in Ukraine and the refugees:

Latest news on the Ukraine crisis and our aid:


Searching for safety: Displaced for the second time

When the first bombs fell over Mariupol on February 24, 2022, and Darya and Stanislav were awakened by the explosions at five in the morning, memories immediately came flooding back to them. It was only in 2014 that the couple had fled Russian attacks from Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. They fled to Mariupol with their two-year-old son Bogdan. At that time, the Russian army had attacked cities in eastern Ukraine and eventually annexed Crimea. By 2022, there was repeated fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army along the so-called contact line in Donbass, culminating in Russia's war of aggression on large parts of Ukraine in February 2022.

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Faces of War - Stories from Mariupol

Kateryna Sukhomlynova was so many things until the war began in Ukraine: A Malteser employee in Mariupol, a paramedic, a member of the city council and a volunteer in the local police association. Today, the 44-year-old is one of millions of refugees from Ukraine and homeless. But Kateryna Sukhomlynova is a strong woman. She travels tirelessly through Europe, together with her 17-year-old daughter, reporting on what she experienced in Mariupol during the first weeks of the war.

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Ukraine: 150th aid transport - medication for hospitals

Cologne/Lviv. On Wednesday, 4 May, Malteser International and Malteser Ukraine send its 150th relief transport for the people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. 44 pallets medical supplies donated by the global healthcare group Fresenius and medicines will be transported from Germany to Lviv in Ukraine. The transport is supported by the organisation "action medeor". The Order of Malta in Ukraine will distribute the aid delivery to hospitals that are currently in great need of medical material.

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The humanitarian situation in Ukraine

Interview with Pavlo Titko, Head of Malteser Ukraine

Pavlo Titko, head of Malteser Ukraine in Lviv, has been on permanent duty since the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine on 24 February 2022. He tells us about the current humanitarian situation in Ukraine, how the people are feeling, which relief supplies are most urgently needed and how he himself is dealing with this extreme situation.

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Ukraine: At least one in ten refugees needs psychological support

Cologne/Lviv. In the city of Lviv, Malteser International has further expanded psychological support for refugees. Around 200,000 people are currently staying in the western Ukrainian city near the border with Poland. "The streets are full of people. They hope that they will not be forced to leave Ukraine. But even as refugees in their own country, the psychological burden is great. They have lost their homes, left their families behind, and face an uncertain future. More than 10 percent of them need psychological support," says Pavlo Titko, head of Malteser in Ukraine.

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Malteser International sends medical aid material to Ukraine

Preparations underway to receive refugees

Cologne/Lviv. A relief transport with medical equipment urgently needed by Malteser Ukraine in Lviv started today from the Lower Rhine. The medical aid organization “Action Medeor” dispatched EUR 60k worth of supplies ordered by the Order of Malta. "It is part of the chain of deliveries that we are able to send from Germany thanks to many donations," said President of Malteser International Europe, Douglas Graf von Saurma-Jeltsch. Basic foodstuffs, sleeping bags, and camp beds are also still being brought across the border.

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Ukraine: Supply of refugees at risk

Malteser International: "We need humanitarian corridors to bring food into the country"

Cologne/Lviv. Cold, snow, and a lack of food, medicines and other essential goods threaten the welfare of refugees in Ukraine. "The situation for the fleeing women, children and elderly is catastrophic. We are starting to run out of everything," said Pavlo Titko, Head of Order of Malta Ukraine.

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Aid transport has reached Ukraine - Order of Malta supplies refugees

Despite the fighting, colleagues continue to work on the ground

Cologne/Ivano-Frankivsk. In the Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk, Malteser Ukraine has started to provide displaced people with tents, cots, blankets and food. The relief supplies sent from Germany on Thursday arrived on site on Saturday and will be put to immediate use. In addition, the displaced people are receiving medical and psychological care. 

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Ukraine: Malteser International prepares supplies for refugees

Supply shortages of food, water, and medicine.

Cologne/Lviv. Malteser International expects a very high need for help for those fleeing the situation in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of people are already on the run, within the country and to neighboring states. We expect the number of people fleeing to increase further in the coming days. “The supply situation in Ukraine itself is becoming increasingly difficult. What is especially needed are everyday medicines, as well as cots, blankets, food, and cash to provide for the many people affected," says Oliver Hochedez, head of Malteser International's emergency relief department. 

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The population in Ukraine is increasingly suffering from the consequences of the tense situation in the border conflict with Russia: "Especially for people we have been supporting for a long time and who are suffering from the consequences of displacement from their homeland, old traumas are breaking out again. A major topic in the therapy and group sessions is always: What do we do with the children? How do we tell them that we might have to leave our home? How do we talk to them about war?", reports Pavlo Titko, Head of Malteser Ukraine.

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Our aid in Ukraine until the escalation of the conflict

Background: Humanitarian situation in Ukraine before the war in 2022

Peace and stability remain elusive for Ukraine, the largest country inside Europe. The war in eastern Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014. After Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, violent confrontations along the line of contact continue in the east of the country. Around 1.5 million people are still living as internally displaced persons years later. Implementation of the 2015 Minsk peace agreement is fragile; none of the negotiated ceasefires held.

The situation of many people in Ukraine is difficult. 2.9 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN. Many are suffering from the traumatic experiences of war and displacement. This is exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic and the poor economic situation, which results in a high cost of living.

On February 24, 2022, Russia begins military strikes against Ukraine.

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Our aid in Ukraine goes back a long way:

Since the political changes in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 1990s, Malteser Germany has had special ties with Ukraine. In addition to countless consignments of aid material, and other forms of help, they supported the foundation of a Ukrainian Malteser aid service. The Maltijska Služba Dopomohy, headquartered in Lviv, has been active in the social and medical fields since February 1993. After the revolution and the violent conflicts that followed, the Ukrainian aid organization expanded its range of activities: these projects include training the civilian population in first aid and the emergency medical services system, for example. In cooperation with Malteser International and other partner organizations, important psychosocial support services are offered to those suffering from the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Stories and news from Ukraine:

"All that was in my mind was the war."

When Katja and Sascha married, he was already a soldier at the front. Shortly afterwards, Katja became pregnant. When her son Zachar was born, Sascha returned to Pokrovsk and Katja was overjoyed. But the man she married had changed. Sascha suddenly could no longer walk among people, crowds in the street frightened him. He became aggressive towards the family and at night he screamed in his sleep. Katja finally persuaded him to get help at our psychosocial support centre.

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Faces of our work: Interview with Oksana Khmelnytska

47-year-old Oksana Khmelnytska is a trauma therapist and project coordinator for our partner organization "Psychological Crisis Service" in Ukraine. On the ground she leads a Malteser International project that provides psychosocial support to people suffering from the consequences of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In this interview she talks about how people in the region are doing today and the challenges displaced persons face in everyday life, especially those who have fled the conflict areas.

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Oksana's Story

Around 47,000 displaced people live in the Ukrainian town of Sievierodonetsk. Oksana is one of them. She also has the job of helping others to find a new beginning. Read the story of her inspiring journey from hopelessness to hope.

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Our work in the Ukraine

Lisa Schönmeier

Email: info@malteser-international.org

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