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Ukraine's Jews Struggle Amid Heightened Conflict

Ukrainian woman walks through troop-filled streets (Photo: flickr/qchristopher)

The Fellowship continues to help the Jewish communities in Ukraine - with aid on the ground, as well as with Freedom Flights to Israel - as the conflict there heightens once again. One of our partners in Ukraine had this to say about how the escalating conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists is affecting Ukrainian Jews, who are now more dependent than ever on the aid provided them by The Fellowship and our faithful supporters:

Of course, the latest escalation of the conflict impacts the lives of all Ukrainians. I think, taking into the account the new phase of war, the weak economy of Ukraine will be even more vulnerable.

Many checkpoints are closed due to constant shelling. The ability to enter and exit cities is restricted. People have no possibility to get their tiny pensions.

The residents of the occupied territories have no liberty and human rights. Their lives are in the hands of the terroristic government. For example, yesterday the new "government” sent the director of the Jewish community (also she is the coordinator of all IFCJ projects in eastern Ukraine) to jail for questioning and then deported her.

About aliyah. The last week we had in our office more calls than always with requests to emigrate to Israel. I am sure the number of new olim will significantly increase soon.

I think considering  the real escalation of the conflict, it is urgently needed to continue and even to strengthen all IFCJ projects in Ukraine. Thanks to IFCJ projects, members of the Jewish communities survived over the past 2 years. Now we can't leave them alone.

In addition, CNN's Sheena McKenzie reports that Ukraine's military is on high alert due to said violence and tensions:

Ukraine is ordering its troops to be on the "highest level of combat readiness" Thursday, amid growing tensions with Russia over Crimea.

The order comes after Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of launching a militant attack at "critically important infrastructure" near the city of Armyansk, Crimea, according to Russia's state news service TASS.

But Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko refuted the claims, calling them "insane" and suggesting Russia's aim was more military threats against its neighbor.

The spat has seen tensions between the countries rise to their highest level since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Learn how you can help provide security, food, medicine, and Freedom Flights to Jews in war-torn Ukraine.

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