Since the outbreak of the recent violence in Ukraine,
the government has experienced severe turmoil and chaos. The majority
of government institutions are unable to function normally. Government
stipends to assist the elderly and other payments have been frozen and
the police forces disbanded.
Ukraine has one of the
largest, and at the same time one of the poorest, Jewish communities in
the world. Out of approximately 300,000 Jews living in Ukraine, tens of
thousands qualify as elderly or families in need. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
provides assistance to this community, as it does to many other
communities in the former Soviet Union, both in routine situations and
in states of emergency.