UKRAINE: Salesians mobilize aid after bombing
Salesian missionaries set up canteen for those impacted in Lviv
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are feeding those who have been displaced by the July 6 bombing in Lviv, Ukraine*. On the night of the attack, an alarm sounded announcing the risk of a missile and drone attack. Subsequently, several loud explosions echoed throughout the city in what was considered one of the biggest attacks on civilian infrastructure in western Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Salesians in Lviv immediately mobilized to help the people who were impacted.
While the Ukrainian Air Force was able to destroy seven out of 10 missiles, the Russian attack damaged a large condominium in the area that is considered a World Heritage Site, the Lviv – Historical Center Ensemble. Approximately 35 buildings have been severely damaged, and 50 apartments are uninhabitable. Residents who have been left homeless and without anything are being provided with temporary dormitory or campus accommodations. Salesians distributed hygiene products and organized a canteen to feed daily meals to those displaced.
The morning after the attack, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced results of the rescue operation. According to the city council, 48 people reported injuries of varying severity. Of these, six remained in the city’s hospitals for treatment. Ten have been reported killed by the bombing.
“Salesians never back down and try to be continuously in solidarity with their own people who are tormented and suffering because of this war of aggression from Russia, which unfortunately does not stop and takes away so many innocent lives,” said Father Mykhaylo Chaban, superior of the Greek-Catholic Mary Help of Christians Vice-Province.
Salesians in Lviv have previously helped those impacted. Salesians, with the help of volunteers from the International Volunteer for Development (VIS) and Salesian Mission offices, distributed meals to almost 1,000 internally displaced people in Ukraine in the first weeks of the war, among other activities.
Photo courtesy: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
UNHCR – Ukraine Refugees
*Any goods, services, or funds provided by Salesian Missions to programs located in this country were administered in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.