The United Nations has estimated that the two-year conflict between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has left 1.5 million hungry, 300,000 of which are in desperate need of food. During the first half of 2016, the organization aims to provide monthly food assistance to approximately 270,000 people, primarily the most vulnerable and in most need. 1.3 million are lacking in drinking water. Moreover, around a million people are in need medical assistance. Medicines are hard to come by, and surgeries are reportedly conducted without anaesthesia.
Pope Francis, launched a humanitarian initiative in favour of the people of the Ukraine, in the form of a SPECIAL COLLECTION to be taken in all of the Catholic Churches in Europe on Sunday 24th April 2016. The Holy Father expressed his faith in the Churches of Europe who would unite generously to this, his initiative.