Vault has teamed up with one of our amazing clients, Melanie Kelfer, who created a local 501c3 nonprofit organization, Operation Mordechai, as a time-critical mission to address the humanitarian needs of the refugees who fled Ukraine to the bordering countries. The organization, named after Melanie’s grandfather who fled Ukraine due to antisemitism, aims to conduct as many supportable extraction missions as possible and provide supply relief on the ground to ALL refugees and doctors working tirelessly to treat any sick, wounded, or traumatized families. Operation Mordechai is dedicated to providing much-needed medical supplies and essentials while ushering young mothers and children to safety in Israel.
More than 3.8 million people have already fled Ukraine in recent days and the United Nations estimates 10 million Ukrainians—a quarter of the population—could be displaced, both inside and outside of the country. 2.9 million Ukrainians were already in need of urgent humanitarian assistance prior to the recent escalation of conflict and at least 1.5 million Ukrainians were already displaced within their country before the fighting began.
Damage and destruction have reportedly left about 400,000 people without electricity in parts of eastern Ukraine. More than 40,000 people do not have access to water due to reported damage to water supply infrastructure. More than half of the Ukrainian population is located in the cities—the largest population centers are Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odessa, and Kyiv—urban fighting is already resulting in civilian casualties and infrastructure damage.
At least 42% of small businesses in Ukraine have ceased operations. According to a survey by the European Business Association, 42% of small businesses have closed, 31% have temporarily suspended work, and only 13% have managed to continue full, unrestricted operations as of March 14.
More than 2,510 civilian casualties have been confirmed, including 953 civilians killed and 1,557 civilians injured, according to the UN. The actual figure could be considerably higher as many reported casualties to have yet to be confirmed.