For Ukraine and Ukrainians: SCM's businesses, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar provide UAH 2.4bn to help the country
The scale and scope of support for Ukraine and Ukrainians from businessman Rinat Akhmetov continues to grow. From 24 February to 1 June, SCM's businesses, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar have donated UAH 2.4 billion (about $80 million) in aid.
This amount mostly accounts for humanitarian aid sourced to civilians. Over 90 days of the war, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has donated over 580,000 medicines, more than 60,000 blood collection bags, and over 185,000 food packages.
The scope and areas of humanitarian aid are established in concert with the national and local authorities that help increase its efficiency. SCM's businesses, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar deliver food kits, medicines, and essentials to civilians and help evacuate and accommodate internally displaced people, arrange bomb shelters, etc.
The Saving Lives initiative set up by SCM's businesses, Metinvest and DTEK, helps build up a strategic supply of food in the frontline cities and towns, distributes humanitarian aid and emergency kits to socially vulnerable people, and sends medicines and consumables to hospitals.
Overall, the humanitarian assistance sourced by SCM's businesses, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar has reached 2.5 million people since 24 February.
Support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defenders, and other forces fighting for Ukraine remains a priority. Our defenders have received motor vehicles, drones, special technical equipment (thermal imagers, range finders, etc.), fortifications, clothing, footwear, body armour, helmets, first-aid kits, emergency tourniquets, two-way radios, fuel, etc.
SCM's businesses have deployed civilian support centres in the cities and towns of operations and provide assistance primarily to vulnerable groups and internally displaced people. They create job openings, arrange shelters for the evacuees, and provide utility companies with everything they need, from fuel to personal safety equipment and clothing. The businesses source free fuel for Ukrzaliznytsia's evacuation trains.
DTEK power engineers and Ukrtelecom workers shore up the operation of the Ukrainian critical infrastructure on a daily basis, bringing back on electricity and connectivity to Ukrainian homes after shelling. In May alone, DTEK repair crews restored electricity supply for more than 687,000 families that were cut off from power as a result of bombardments in Kyiv, Donetsk, Odessa, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts. Moreover, DTEK has been supplying free electricity to more than a hundred medical and military facilities since the outbreak of the all-out war. This aid has helped the public sector institutions save UAH 137 million.
Lemtrans has joined efforts with its partners to develop and operate a humanitarian logistics network, #RailwayHelpsUkraine. The project has helped thousands of Ukrainians receive humanitarian aid from abroad.
FC Shakhtar has launched the Shelter Centre at Arena Lviv stadium, which has hosted hundreds of IDPs already. In addition, Shakhtar played several charity matches as part of their Shakhtar Global Tour for Peace in Ukraine. All funds raised from the sale of tickets and advertising (a total of UAH 25.6 million) were used to help Ukrainian defenders, volunteer organisations, medical staff, and war-affected children. Thanks to the Shakhtar Social Foundation, 14 European football clubs have joined the drive to collect and deliver humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and the Presidential Office, Media Group Ukraine and other media groups continue providing financial support to FreeDom, an international broadcasting channel launched to lead a fightback against Russian propaganda.
Moreover, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is working to create the biggest archive of Ukrainian eyewitness accounts of the hostilities committed by Russia. The organisation has now more than 15,000 witness testimonies of the war-affected people.
In addition, before February 24, SCM businesses had been the first to pay UAH 1 billion in taxes upfront (over $30 million) for 2022 on the initiative of Rinat Akhmetov. This step had been taken to enhance the defence capabilities of the country and support the national economy.
Since early 2022, Rinat Akhmetov has donated over UAH $100 million in aid to Ukraine. According to Forbes, Rinat Akhmetov provides the largest support as compared with other representatives of Ukrainian big business.
SCM shareholder Rinat Akhmetov states he is not going to stop. “As of today, I have allocated €100 million in aid to Ukraine. Over €70 million have been already utilised. And we aren't going to stop. We will help Ukraine and Ukrainians as long as needed,” he stressed in an interview for the Novoe Vremia news agency.
Follow the daily updates about the aid and assistance our businesses provide on the websites of SCM, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and FC Shakhtar, as well as on their official pages in social media.