In Ternopil, Ukraine, the warehouse of the “Light of Reformation” Charity Foundation completely burned down, as a result of a missile attack on the 13th of May.
The city of Ternopil is home to Ukrainian producer Andrii Hutsuliak and Nigerian-born vocalist and songwriter Jeffrey Kenny, who make up the electronic music duo Tvorchi. Whilst the duo representing Ukraine at the 2023 Eurovision contest were performing in Liverpool, Russian missiles hit a Christian charity’s warehouse preparing to deliver Mother’s Day gifts of food to families. Local authorities confirmed that two people were injured in the attack.
Light of Reformation is a local partner charity of Christian Aid. It serves as a hub for inter-church activities of the entire region. Its purpose is to make life easier for the most vulnerable Ukrainians – children, the disabled, the elderly, the poor and the unemployed, large and single-parent families. Thousands of tonnes of aid have passed through the facility, and hundreds of thousands of people have received support and hope through the charity.
The head of the foundation, Ivan Hontar, explained: “Our warehouse with humanitarian aid, which also served as a hub for inter-church coordination in our region, was completely demolished”.
Lizz Harrison, Programme Manager of Christian Aid’s Ukraine Programme, added: “This latest attack on a non-military target shows the risks taken by our Ukrainian partners every day to ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it most.”
The food packages, worth around £12,800, will be replaced by Christian Aid using UK public donations to the DEC Ukraine appeal.