Ukrainian Red Cross on the frontline

URCS teams evacuate people with mobility issues after the collapse of the Kakhovka dam. Photo: URCS
URCS Volunteers provide haircuts to those in need. Photo: Oleksandr Ratushniak

Rapid Response teams continue their work on the ground

On the morning of 2 January 2024, around 100 rockets were directed towards Ukrainian cities. The capital, Kyiv, suffered the most intensive bombardment with dozens of people injured.

Rapid Response teams from Ukrainian Red Cross are stationed all around the country and are active in the first hours after an attack; rescuing people and providing first aid.

URCS teams work tirelessly after the Kahkova Dam collapses

When the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine collapsed in June 2023, a torrent of water tore through downstream towns and farmlands, reducing homes to rubble and leading to the tragic loss of many lives.

The flood swept up everything in its path, washing farm animals, unexploded mines, hazardous chemicals and dangerous bacteria – some which risked spreading disease into communities.

URCS teams responded swiftly to the dam disaster; evacuating people from flooded areas and distributing essentials such as food, hygiene kits and water purification equipment. Volunteers also provided psychosocial support to help people cope in the immediate aftermath.

Crucial humanitarian support in Dnipro

Since 24 February 2022, the city of Dnipro in the east of Ukraine has faced ongoing missile strikes, resulting in the tragic loss of dozens of lives. Simultaneously, Dnipro has become a refuge for countless internally displaced persons (IDPs) escaping the relentless conflicts in the neighbouring Donetsk oblast. This dual crisis has created a complex humanitarian situation in the city and its surroundings.

Despite ongoing security threats, the URCS teams remain unwavering in their commitment. Their efforts are focused on providing crucial support to people in the area with food packs, blankets, first aid, psychosocial support and even a much-needed haircut.


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