The war’s half-year point coincides with Ukrainian Independence Day, which in normal circumstances would see citizens celebrating 31 years of independence from Russia.
Fierce fighting continues with indiscriminate and relentless bombardment of the eastern (Donetsk oblast) and southern (Mykolaiv oblast) regions of the country. Critical infrastructure, including gas, electricity, and water, have been destroyed increasing the vulnerability of thousands of refugees still living there.
On August 1, The Government of Ukraine called for the compulsory mass evacuation of all civilians remaining in the Government-controlled areas of Donetsk oblast citing the upcoming winter and the inability of the local governments to provide safe and warm places for people to live.
In a diplomatic breakthrough, on August 1, the first commercial ship sailed from Odesa to Lebanon, carrying over 26,000 tons of corn to the global market.
Trócaire, through the Caritas Ukraine network, continues to provide humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Caritas Ukraine network has provided more than 2,089,911 services for more than 1,450,000 people. The focus of assistance continues to be on basic needs such as food kits (55%), hygiene kits (20%), services for IDPs in shelters (8%), water supply (7%).