Aid Reaches Izium

September 23, 2022

The need in Ukraine and surrounding countries continues to grow. With the war continuing past the eight-month mark and tensions increasing with recent news of increased military buildup within Russia, more families have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety as others struggle to rebuild.


Survivors in Izium receive aid from Mission Without Borders
Most of Izium has been destroyed by fighting, leaving many seeking safe shelter


Mission Without Borders has been supporting displaced families within Ukraine and surrounding countries with emergency food, shelter, and aid since the start of the war and continues to support the vulnerable through its three-phase crisis response and rebuilding strategy.

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As part of the efforts to reach families trapped in regions battered by active battle, Mission Without Borders Ukrainian staff visited the recently liberated town of Izium in the Kharkiv region on September 21st.

The town of Izium has recently been featured in news headlines after Ukrainian officials reported 436 bodies were  exhumed from a mass burial site following the retreat of Russian troops, 30 of them with visible signs of torture, according to the Associated Press.

The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Synyehubov, and the region’s police chief, Volodymyr Tymoshko, told reporters in Izium on Friday that three more grave sites have been located in areas retaken by Ukrainian forces in a counteroffensive this month.


The wreckage of the war is strewn around town with much of the infrastructure destroyed

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Mission Without Borders staff describe the town as decimated, left with no power, running water, or gas since March with massive destruction to infrastructure by relentless fighting and shelling.

"People had to stay in the cold and dark basements for weeks without going outside," says Misha, one of Mission Without Borders' staff that visited the area.


Families in Izium are surviving without water, gas or electricity
Families are left to rebuild with no gas, water, or electricity

"No shops or drug stores were working. People here are very exhausted, emotionally wounded and hurt. A lot of people died. Straight after the liberation a lot of volunteers came here to help. We also brought food parcels, blankets, warm clothing, footwear, hygiene items to deliver to people," he described. 

Those left in Izium know that things are going to get harder in the coming months, especially with the cold winter approaching and continued fighting.
Heating infrastructure within the town is no longer operational and both gas and electricity remain cut off. Families are left to depend on wood-fired stoves for their only source of heat and cooking, and many of the homes and apartments have been left windowless and open to the elements.


Many homes ahve been left with no windows and are exposed to the elements
Apartments and houses have been left windowless and exposed to the elements

Despite the destruction and sense of hopelessness caused by the war, Misha says the people of Izium are grateful and were extremely happy to receive the food, blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothing delivered by Mission Without Borders - all made possible through the generous support and gifts from donors.

You can help continue to provide aid to families struggling and displaced by the war with a one-time or monthly gift supporting Mission Without Borders Hope in Crisis program.