The fighting and violence in Ukraine continues to rage, placing the people of Ukraine in greater danger each day. The Fellowship has been providing aid to the country’s Jewish communities since the conflict started last year, has already had two Freedom Flights out of the nation, and will continue its aid and aliyah. ABC News reports that during a brief truce window today, many Ukrainian civilians are trying to evacuate:
A nine-hour humanitarian truce is currently holding in Ukraine, pro-Russian rebel officials and Ukrainian government officials told ABC News Friday. The two sides agreed that a humanitarian corridor would last from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), allowing civilians to evacuate from Debaltseve, a strategic railway hub that has become the epicenter of recent fighting.
BBC News described the town as “almost too dangerous for civilians,” and many have been trapped in the cross-fire, left without power, heating or running water for almost two weeks, reports the Associated Press.
“Corpses lie on the road, nobody takes them away anymore. People have psychosis, they are afraid to leave the cellar. There is no water, electricity or gas… people have no opportunity to prepare meals or wash their children. They’re melting snow to get water to drink,” Yulia, a recent evacuee from Debaltseve told the Kyiv Post.
Some 5,400 people have died since April, the UN says, and many that are left in the area surrounding Debaltseve are boarding buses today to escape the fighting.