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6.5 million survival kits have been issued to Donbas civilians by Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center


6.5 million survival kits have been issued by Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center to Donbas civilians. During the entire military conflict the humanitarian aid was issued in 470 towns and villages of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was announced during the press briefing at "Ukrainski Novyny" information agency by the Humanitarian Center's Coordinator Rimma Fil.   

"As of today Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center has issued 6.5 million food packages. The packages that we call "survival kits". These food products help the victims of war to survive. 80% of our aid recipients are retired people. These are aged people. Many of them have already gone through one war and now, being elderly people, they have become the victims of war again. The oldest of our aid recipients is Sakhib Mursal-Ogly Samedov, he is 111 years old. He lives in Telmanove raion. A lot of different hardships fell on this man, and now, being a senior citizen during the wartime, he receives food that helps him to survive", ‒ Rimma Fil shared.

Over 1.5 years the Humanitarian Center managed to build the most effective and large-scale system of humanitarian aid delivery to Donbas civilians. To form food packages for issuance the total of 82,500 tons of food were delivered to the Center's logistic warehouses in Donetsk and Mariupol. It took 4,130 heavy-duty trucks to deliver these volumes of aid. Every month the Humanitarian Center purchases about 4,000 tons of food, being one of the largest buyers in the Ukrainian market. All the products are purchased from Ukrainian manufacturers only.

"There are millions of people's lives behind this number of 6.5 million. And this is not an exaggeration. It would be difficult for people to live without these kits, containing the most simple and necessary food products. Our aid comes to the places that need it very much. Especially in the "grey zone", where people are left to the mercy of fate. The main principle of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center's work is helping people on both territories. We equally cherish and care about people living on Ukrainian territory, internally displaced persons and those who stayed in non-government-controlled areas. The trouble affected all Donbas people. And our goal is to help those who suffered from this trouble and found themselves in difficult life circumstances", ‒ Rimma Fil emphasized.    

Till the end of February Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center is planning to send three more food convoys to Donbas to form 50,000 survival kits. Mobile teams will visit about 15 more settlements in the "grey zone" and remote villages across Donetsk region.