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Ukraine: MSF teams treating patients after missile attack on residential building in Zaporizhzhia

At midnight on Thursday, a Russian missile struck a five-story residential building in Zaporizhzhia city, in Zaporizhzhia oblast (province), southeastern Ukraine. The building housed approximately 300 people in 70 apartments. In collaboration with local authorities, emergency teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are...

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Ukraine: MSF helps survivors of Dnipro blast

In the three days since an attack on a residential building in central Dnipro killed at least 40 people, teams from international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been providing survivors with medical care, psychological first aid...

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Caught between the frontlines: the babushkas experiencing loss, mental trauma and an absence of medical care

As the Russian army took control of towns and villages across Ukraine’s Kharkiv region in late February 2022, those unable or unwilling to leave their homes were mostly the elderly and people with disabilities. Caught up in the middle of...

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Data and patient accounts reveal “no mercy” for civilians in Ukraine war

Medical data and accounts from patients evacuated on Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) medical referral train show that the war in Ukraine is being conducted with an outrageous lack of care to distinguish and protect civilians. Over 40 percent of the...

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“I don’t feel heartache, it’s deep in my soul” – The mental health needs in Ukraine

“I feel fear in my soul. My fingers and hands begin to get cold,” says Vira, an elderly woman who fled the Donetsk region and is now seeking shelter in Ivano-Frankivsk, in the southwest of the country. “I’m worried about...

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Bombs over Mariupol, Ukraine: Each day is like losing your whole life

Sasha, a long-time staff member of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from Mariupol, Ukraine, describes life in the city as it was encircled and bombarded by Russian forces. For security reasons, he is using only his first name. I...

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Ukraine: Staff in major Kyiv hospital receive training for potential increase in casualties

Staff in the 750-bed Okhmatdyt paediatric hospital, one of the largest in central Kyiv, Ukraine, have received training and advice on mass casualty influxes (a large number of trauma patients arriving at the same time) from a visiting surgical team from...

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Ukraine: War in Ukraine has displaced me twice and I’m on the road again

Aleksandr Burmin* is an MSF staff member in Ukraine. Here he recounts how war in Ukraine has displaced him for the second time in less than 10 years.As dawn broke on 24 February in Kyiv, Ukraine, I woke to the sound of explosions...

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Ukraine: Every day thousands of Ukrainians arrive in Slovakia – traumatised and exhausted

More than 195,000 refugees have crossed into Slovakia since the war started in Ukraine on 24 February, according to the UN*. Our project coordinator, Marta Wnorowska, is currently on the Slovakian-Ukrainian border and describes the situation on the ground. How is the situation in the...

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Ukraine: Thousands of people flee bombings in south Ukraine and head west

Thousands of Ukrainians are arriving at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova every day to escape the fighting in the south of Ukraine. Since the war began, more than 230,000 refugees (as of March 8) have arrived in Moldova. However, less than half of...

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Ukraine: “There’s an urgent humanitarian race against time in Ukraine”

Anja Wolz, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Emergency Coordinator currently based in Lviv, Ukraine, explains the urgency of this stage of the humanitarian response to the war in the country. Here in Lviv, I am getting multiple calls from hospitals...

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Ukraine: In Odessa, “everyone is preparing for the worst”

Carla Melki, emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has just returned from the port city of Odessa in southern Ukraine, where she was part of an MSF team assessing the current situation. Our teams there have been...

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