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Christian Aid warehouse hit in Ukraine Eurovision bombing

by Sophie Drew

As Ukraine's Eurovision entry stepped onto the stage in Liverpool, hoping to reclaim their country's 2022 title, Russian missiles targeted the act’s home city, hitting a Christian charity's warehouse preparing to deliver Mother's Day gifts of food to families. 

The duo, Tvorchi, hail from Ternopil, in the west of Ukraine – a vital hub for rail travel, connecting most of the country.

In the hours following the attack, Ternopil mayor Serhiy Nadal confirmed that warehouses had been hit, and two people were injured.

Christian Aid have now confirmed that one of the warehouses affected housed food for their ongoing humanitarian work.

The food packages, worth around £12,800, were going to be distributed for Ukraine's Mother's Day on Sunday. They will all be replaced by Christian Aid using UK public donations to the DEC Ukraine appeal.

Ivan Hontar, the head of Christian Aid’s local partner charity Light of Reformation, explained: "Our warehouse with humanitarian aid, which also served as a hub for inter-church coordination in our region, was completely demolished."

Christian Aid's Ukraine Programme Manager, Lizz Harrison, added: "This latest attack on a non-military target shows the risks taken by our Ukrainian partners every day to ensure humanitarian aid reaches those who need it most."

The charity has confirmed that none of its employees or volunteers were injured in the attack.

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