Saturday, November 25, 2017

City officials consider refugee assistance program for Ukrainians

Yekaterinburg city officials met last week to discuss a municipally-funded assistance program for Ukrainian refugees who have relocated to the city of Yekaterinburg.

As a result of their meeting, officials have organized a collection drive for Thursday, where Yekaterinburg citizens can donate food items, clothing as well as hygiene products and other basic necessities to be distributed to displaced citizens fleeing from the southeastern portion of their country, Ekburg.ru reports.

As of July 1, at least 30 families had fled to Yekaterinburg from the active war zone in their native southeast Ukraine.

In response, the Russian federal government has organized a placement plan for the refugees. Some of the families will remain in Yekaterinburg, while others will be flown to different parts of the country where they will receive housing assistance, according to Ekburg.ru.

Meanwhile, in Yekaterinburg, a group of volunteers from local universities have organized the House of the Peoples of the Urals charity, dedicated to longer-term projects to serve the needs of displaced Ukrainians during the military conflict.

House of the Peoples was charged with the responsibility of distributing the collected food, clothing and hygiene products to the families in need, Ekburg.ru reports.

Collections will remain open throughout the week at House of Friendship Russia-Ukraine on 7 Lenin Street and at the Office of Tourist Information Service on March 8 Street.

Charities have specifically requested donations of bed linens, blankets, pillows, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, toilet paper, washing powder, scissors, thread and needles, according to Ekburg.ru.