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Russian Terrorist Attack at Kakhovka Dam – Massive Flooding, Devastation, and Deepening Humanitarian Crisis


On June 6th at 2a.m., the Russian Federation blew up the dam at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine. The destruction of the Dam in Kherson oblast has left at least 37 towns and villages partially flooded, which will likely have grave consequences for hundreds of thousands of people (OCHA).

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) condemns this more recent act of Russian terrorism that has caused further environmental and humanitarian destruction in Ukraine, and together with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), through the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Fund (UHA), we are redoubling our focus to the flood-affected area to address the most urgent needs for local residents and evacuees.

The Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee (UHRC) has already directed the immediate supply of food boxes to the region sufficient to feed some 12,000 people for at least two weeks. Further, the UHRC will be working with the Health Cluster Ukraine and our long standing partners in Ukraine to determine immediate and longer-term needs of the flood-devastated regions and to develop an actionable aid plan. 

This type of immediate and robust response would not be possible without your unwavering support of the CUF-UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal over the last 18 months and CUF’s almost 30-year history, that enabled us to establish strong, effective partnerships in providing a wide range of humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine.

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (UHA) was launched in 2022 by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to coordinate the provision of humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to civilians impacted by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, including relief for displaced persons in Europe and Canada.

Food, medicine, emergency shelter support, mental health care, firefighting gear, individual first aid kits, ambulances, generators are some of the types of aid provided by the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal funding.

Read more about our humanitarian relief efforts since the full-scale invasion and click here to further support our critical work.

Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) was established in 1995 to coordinate, develop, organize and implement aid projects created by Canadians and directed to Ukraine. Read more about CUF’s history on Wikipedia.

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Canada-Ukraine Foundation partners with Shevchenko Foundation to launch post-secondary support for displaced Ukrainian students

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Shevchenko Foundation (TSF) today announced a new bursary for displaced Ukrainian students pursuing post secondary studies in Canada.

The CUF Bursary Fund for Displaced Post-Secondary Ukrainian Students will provide financial assistance to displaced Ukrainians enrolled in Canadian post-secondary learning institutions.

An initial $300,000 contribution by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to the CUF Bursary Fund will allow for 60 successful applicants to be awarded $5,000 each toward their post-secondary costs.

“We’re pleased that CUF has chosen TSF as a trusted partner with which to establish this invaluable bursary,” stated Boris Balan, Shevchenko Foundation President. “We have introduced a series of special grants to assist the Ukrainian community in welcoming and supporting newcomers to Canada since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This bursary will support a critical need among Ukrainian students who must now realize their educational aspirations in a new country.”

Many post-secondary students have arrived to Canada from Ukraine since February 24, 2022, on the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) visa, one of the special measures the Government of Canada has introduced to support the people of Ukraine. It offers Ukrainians and their family members extended temporary status and allows them to work, study and stay in Canada until it is safe for them to return home.

“The Shevchenko Foundation has demonstrated leadership in scholarships and bursaries for students  for decades – they’re an ideal partner to make this happen and do it right,” said Orest Sklierenko, President and CEO of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. “We are constantly evolving our humanitarian work to support Ukrainians suffering and displaced by Russia’s barbaric war. This is just the latest initiative, and we look forward to more innovative ways to help Ukrainians in their time of need.”

“We believe that an investment in our young people will not only benefit the student but serve the betterment of both Canada and Ukraine,” added Bohdan Kolos, Chair of the Education Committee of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.


The Canada-Ukraine Foundation is a national charitable foundation established in 1995 at the 18th Ukrainian Canadian Congress to coordinate, develop, organize and deliver assistance projects by Canadians directed to Ukraine and other organizations in Canada.

The Shevchenko Foundation is a leading nationwide charitable organization entrusted to preserve, develop, and promote Ukrainian Canadian arts, heritage, community, and education.

Information on the bursary: CUF Bursary for Displaced Post-Secondary Ukrainian Students

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Third Mission of CUSAP for Ukrainians Wounded In War Underway in Poland

The third Canadian reconstructive surgery mission of the Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program (CUSAP) is underway at a Polish hospital in the city of Cžeładz. From April 22 to May 6, mission members are providing complex reconstructive surgical care to patients from Ukraine, war victims who have been injured in the gunfire and explosions brought by Russian aggression.

After undergoing remote examination by Canadian doctors, 48 Ukrainian patients are scheduled to undergo surgeries during the mission. Most of the patients require complex post-traumatic reconstructive surgery on craniofacial injuries, and on injuries to their soft tissues, upper and lower extremities, as well as burns.

“The cases are horrendous, they are getting much worse,” noted Dr. Oleh Antonyshyn, MD, FRCS(C), MSM, CUSAP Founder and Head Surgeon, “it’s to the point where Ukraine is having trouble handling them.”

The surgeries will take place in three operating rooms, with three surgical teams operating simultaneously; the surgeries are expected to range from 5 to 15 hours, depending on injury severities. Canadian doctors will be operating on a few of the patients for the second and third times. Following post-operative care, patients will be transported back to Ukraine, in the care of specialists.

The present surgical mission team consists of more than 40 volunteer medical professionals from different provinces of Canada and the US: 9 surgeons, 5 anesthesiologists, 4 physicians and 23 nurses (2 from the US); each surgical team consists of multidisciplinary staff, and each has its own surgical equipment and supplies.

Photo by Andrey Syrko

Another vital component of this, and every, CUSAP mission is the educational one: Ukrainian surgeons are invited to train with their Canadian colleagues, who developed a special educational seminar on craniofacial surgery for the Ukrainians. The current mission will see 15 Ukrainian doctors involved. The goal of the surgical missions’ educational component is to create a learning environment where knowledge is exchanged in order to improve patient outcomes back in Ukraine.

The reconstructive surgery missions were established by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation in partnership with Sunnybrook Science Health Center to provide aid to the people of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in 2014; Canadian surgeons have operated on 286 patients since then, and the surgeries have significantly improved their quality of life.

From 2014 to 2020, Canadian surgical missions operated in the Kyiv Military Hospital, during which time the Canada-Ukraine Foundation provided nearly $1.5 million in operating room equipment and supplies. Canadian doctors have also performed surgeries in Lviv and Odesa.

The current mission is the tenth since 2014, and the third to take place in Poland since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. The two previous CUSAP missions to Poland took place in September and November, 2022.

The host hospital: Powiatowy Zespół Zakładów Opieki Zdrowotnej in Cžeładz, Poland

The three most recent missions are funded by donor support collected through the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (UHA).

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (UHA) was launched in 2022 by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to coordinate the provision of humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to civilians impacted by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, including relief for displaced persons in Europe and Canada, and medicines, food, emergency shelter, surgical aid, veterans’ needs, psychological support, winterization, demining and ambulances in Ukraine. Click here to learn more about and support the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) was established in 1995 to coordinate, develop, organize and implement aid projects created by Canadians and directed to Ukraine. Read more about CUF’s history on Wikipedia.

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Firefighting Gear Delivered to Ukraine

As missiles and shells fired by the Russian Federation’s armed forces continue to wreak havoc on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, the resulting fires and destruction mean that the country’s firefighters need a steady supply of protective clothing and gear to do their jobs. The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, a joint initiative of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), has recently delivered 1,000 advanced firefighter suits1,000 sets of protective base wear2,000 balaclavas, and 1,000 pairs of gloves and boots to the State Emergency Services in Ukraine.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion began, Ukraine’s first responders, firefighters, and paramedics have worked tirelessly to deal with the horrors and destruction of war across Ukraine, by extinguishing fires and conducting search and rescue operations on a daily basis. In Ukraine, first responders are deservedly called “heroes without munitions”: their main “weapons” are their skills, the high-quality gear and equipment they use to do their jobs.

“The State Emergency Services play an important role in Ukraine’s defence and its society’s resilience. As part of our humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal with the help from our trusted partner, GlobalMedic, has delivered new and advanced protective gear for use in fire stations in four regions of Ukraine: Mykolaiv, Sumy, Kirovohrad, and Cherkasy,” explained Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, a CUF board member and advisor to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee, who coordinated the procurement and delivery of the gear.

Another 10,000 pairs of extraction gloves that conform to the EN388 standard, and 200 portable aerosol Fire Suppression units are currently on their way to Ukraine.

“We are grateful to everyone who continues to support our humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. The war continues, and so does our mission to help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine,” Luciw-Andryjowycz said.


The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (UHA) was launched in 2022 by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to coordinate the provision of humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to civilians impacted by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, including relief for displaced persons in Europe and Canada, and medicines, food, emergency shelter, surgical aid, veterans’ needs, psychological support, winterization, demining and ambulances in Ukraine. Click here to learn more about and support the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.


This is Where It Ends…

* Abridged version of the speech delivered by Canada-Ukraine Foundation and UCPBA Calgary Board member, and Ukrainian-Canadian community activist, Bohdan Romaniuk on February 24, 2023 at the Calgary Vigil commemorating the first anniversary of the War in Ukraine.

One year ago today, Putin unleashed unspeakable horrors upon Ukraine. 

Yet, there is little that is new in what Putin has done and is doing. A long line of Bolshevik butchers and Russian Tsars before them have all engaged to a greater or lesser extent in imperial conquest, colonial exploitation, systematic Russification and, at different times, genocide itself not only to rid the world of all traces of the Ukrainian language, all expressions of Ukrainian culture, and all facets of Ukrainian nationhood but to crush the centuries-old dream of the Ukrainian people to live and govern themselves in a free, democratic, independent, and sovereign Ukrainian state. 

While Putin is by no means the first or only Russian autocrat or dictator to use overwhelming force to try and absorb Ukraine into the Russian empire, or destroy it in the process, he will be the last Russian leader to ever attempt it. Ukraine’s message to Putin is crystal clear… “It ends here”. 

 Consider the fact that… 

 Putin Has Already Lost Ukraine 

  • Putin completely misread how Ukrainians would respond to his invasion last year. Rather than being greeted with bread and salt, flowers and song, and dancing and jubilation, his armies were battered and thrashed and delivered a beating north of Kyiv they will not soon forget. 
  • Putin has done more to unite Ukrainians than any leader, Ukrainian or foreign, in the past several centuries. He has strengthened national self-awareness in Ukraine, highlighted the profound differences in the national character, culture, spirit and values of Ukrainians relative to their Russian neighbours, fostered the rapid spread of the Ukrainian language in all aspects of life and across all regions of Ukraine, and spurred a genuine interest in Ukrainian history – especially in universities outside of Ukraine which, for far too long, have taught Ukrainian history, if they have taught it at all, solely from the perspective of imperial Russia. To Putin’s utter dismay, the world is just now beginning to appreciate not only how different Ukraine is from Russia, but how much of what it used to think it knew about Ukraine is mere propaganda from the Communist era or, as concerns Russia’s claims to early Ukrainian history, is but a tissue of Tsarist lies. 
  • Napoleon one famously said that in war “the moral is to the physical, as three is to one”. By this he meant that an army’s morale contributes far more to success in combat than do sheer numbers. That is clearly the case in Ukraine where, despite Russia’s overwhelming advantage in munitions and manpower, Putin’s armies cannot match the fierce determination, courage, and indomitable spirit of Ukraine’s smaller and significantly outgunned forces. Ukrainians know that if they lose, Ukraine will cease to exist. Russia’s soldiers, meanwhile, have no idea why they’re in Ukraine. First, Putin told them they were fighting Nazis. Then it was Satanists. Then Putin admitted he simply wants what Ukraine has and will proceed to take it even if it means killing every single Ukrainian to do so. 
  • No individual since NATO’s creation has done more than Putin to strengthen the resolve, unity of purpose, and internal cohesion of NATO members. Putin has driven traditionally neutral countries such as Finland and Sweden to apply for membership in the alliance and can also take credit for NATO members agreeing, for the first time in decades, to increase their military spending to modernize their armies in response to the threat Russia represents to Europe and the post-WWII rules-based international order. 
  • Let us also not forget that it is Putin’s actions that have led to the emergence of President Zelenskyy as Ukraine’s outstanding wartime leader and the pre-eminent political figure in the world today. 
  • Putin’s place in history, meanwhile, is already assured. He will long be remembered not as a mere murderer, liar, or thief (of which the world has no shortage) but as one of history’s greatest losers or, as Ukrainians everywhere prefer to call him: “Х**ло”. He will be forever tainted and taunted as the man who single-handedly lost the war to what? …to a country 1/28th the size of Russia, with a population barely one-quarter as large, possessing no nuclear weapons, no navy, no air force to speak of, no modern weapons beyond those provided to her by allies, led by a President who built an acting career playing an accidental President in a TV comedy show, and defended by a volunteer army of warrior-poets who, like all Ukrainians everywhere, burst into song at every opportunity. Today, 98% of Ukrainians want nothing to do with Russia and have proclaimed loudly and clearly to the world: Ukraine is not Russia, has never been Russia and never will be Russia. 

The Decline and Fall of the Russian Empire 

  • Putin’s accomplishments are legion. He has turned Russia into a pariah state, precipitated the inevitable collapse of his own economy, and left Russia’s army in tatters. 
  • Let’s start with Putin’s war aims. Evidently, Putin’s messaging has failed to inspire large numbers of recruits to fight and die in Ukraine. The result has been a literal torrent, an absolute avalanche of military age men fleeing Russia, in every direction. Last year, some one million army-age citizens fled to Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Armenia, and Serbia plus a dozen other countries. 
  • These individuals are generally young, well educated, skilled professionals. It’s unlikely that many will return any time soon. Their loss to Russia represents a triple blow: (1) they will be unavailable for military service ; (2) their absence will aggravate shortages in key sectors of the Russian economy, especially in IT and high tech; and (3) fewer children will be born in Russia. In fact, demographers have described the confluence of war, emigration, and plunging birth rates as the perfect demographic storm. The ongoing decline in Russia’s population is now accelerating. 
  • Russia began its large-scale invasion one year ago with some 200,000 soldiers. It has since that time lost at least that many soldiers counting dead, injured, and missing in action. Were it not for Putin’s massive mobilizations these past 6 months when upwards of half a million new recruits have been thrown into the fray, little would have been left of Russia’s invading force. 
  • The recent mobilizations have only accelerated Russia’s war losses. Putin’s strategy has been reduced to trying to overwhelm Ukrainian forces with endless waves of human cannon fodder in frontline settlements like Soledar, Bakhmut and Vuhledar. Of course, for this strategy to make any sense at all, it is essential that Ukraine run out of ammunition before Russia runs out of soldiers. It’s unlikely to be a very good bet. Although Ukraine’s losses in these battles have been and continue to be significant, Russia’s are staggering, numbering in the many thousands per week. 
  • Russia’s equipment losses this past year have likewise been massive. No army on the planet has been as badly mauled as Russia’s has in active combat anywhere in the world since WWII. 
  • So badly has Russia’s military performed that Putin has changed his top military commander 4 times in the space of a year. 
  • And so hollowed out from corruption, mismanagement, poor morale, and sheer incompetence have been Russia’s armed forces, that within months of his invasion, Putin had to resort to begging for manpower, munitions and drones from a who’s who of the world’s worst dictatorships including Chechnya, North Korea, Syria, and Iran. That is what mighty Russia, with the 2nd largest army in the world, has been reduced to. 
  • The truth is, Russia is no more than a second-rate military power. Unfortunately, it also possesses a large nuclear arsenal which it uses to threaten WWIII every week or two. 
  • So demented is the taunting by Russian TV talk show hosts and the likes of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about the use of nuclear weapons, and so deranged are the allusions to reducing London or Washington or other western capitals to radioactive ash, that it is simply impossible to take such scare-mongering seriously. 
  • Besides, two of Russia’s most important trading partners and/or allies, which also happen to be the two most populous countries in the world, and nuclear powers in their own right, namely, China and India, have repeatedly, and very publicly, rebuked Putin for his threats to use nuclear weapons. When friends, not enemies, castigate you for nuclear sabre-rattling, perhaps it’s time to stop. Such public admonitions and remonstrations against the use of nuclear weapons, especially from friendly quarters, cannot but be a sobering reminder that simply shouting stupid things out loud does not render a dictator more fearsome to his enemies. Rather, it creates an impression of weakness and resignation to failure and defeat. 
  • Finally, a word about sanctions. They’re not only working, they’re working far better than expected despite Putin’s repeated denials and boasts to the contrary. Sanctions are seriously weakening Russia’s economy and are making it more difficult for Putin to continue waging war against Ukraine. Consider the following: (1) Russia’s exports of gas have been cut in half and there are no ready markets for what remains unsold. (2) Russia’s revenues from oil exports are also plummeting because of much lower prices. Putin will be extremely lucky if 2023 oil and gas revenues reach one-half of last year’s totals. (3) Much of Russia’s domestic manufacturing capacity, which was not large to begin with, has been idled by a shortage of microchips. (4) And finally, Russia’s weapons industry is now working around the clock to try and replace massive equipment losses, as well as the rockets, missiles, and millions of artillery and mortar shells expended thus far. Closely related, Russia’s relatively large weapons export business has all but disappeared for two reasons (i) Russia needs the weapons itself and (ii) the abysmal performance to date of Russian military equipment has significantly dampened global demand. 

Concluding Remarks 

  • It is said that wars ultimately end, not as a result of specific battles, but when it becomes clear that a country can no longer recruit enough soldiers and/or manufacture or acquire fresh supplies of ammunition and equipment as quickly as they are being used up or destroyed on the battlefield. 
  • Well, Russia is at that point already. Millions of Russian military age men want nothing to do with Putin’s war. They have either already left Russia, or will do so as new mobilizations are announced. Putin, as well as the Wagner group, long ago ran out of volunteers and have been recruiting tens of thousands of convicted criminals to join the ranks of Russia’s armed forces or mercenary groups. Russia’s battlefield losses meanwhile have been extraordinary. Most of Russia’s elite battalions have long since been liquidated by Ukraine and the vast majority of its soldiers are now relatively untrained recruits. 
  • Putin is now knocking on China’s door for weapons and is recruiting new mercenaries anywhere he can find them since his policy of throwing bodies into a meatgrinder is not working out as well as he had hoped. That’s what happens when military age men have access to the internet and realize how little Putin actually cares whether they live or die. 
  • Russia is losing this war because the people Putin is sending to die in Ukraine have no stake in his insane and vainglorious dream of empire. Ukrainians know precisely what is at stake for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country. And so they fight on with valour, honour and conviction. 
  • It is because of these valiant men and women warriors that Ukraine is and shall forever remain unbreakable, unconquerable and indivisible. 
  • Слава Україні!


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11 ambulances delivered to Ukraine to help Emergency Healthcare save lives.

An average of two attacks on health care – including the bombing of hospitals, torture of medics, and shooting at ambulances – were perpetrated each day from February 24 to December 31, 2022, reported by OCHA.

“Arriving in time, providing the wounded with the necessary first aid en route, and bringing them to the hospital as soon as possible means saving one’s life. That is why the ambulances and evacuation vehicles are one of our top priorities,” emphasizes Ukraine’s Health Minister, Viktor Lyashko, in his address to the representatives of the international organizations.

On behalf of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal – a joint effort of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress (UCC), Oksana Wynnyckyj-Yusypovych, Honorary Consul at Canadian Consulate in Lviv, Ukraine, officially handed over 11 new ambulances to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Health on February 21st.

The ambulances are unique four-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser J78 off-road vehicles designed to operate in difficult conditions and have high cross-country ability. They are easy to maintain and have a large fuel tank, providing a range of 1,000 km. These new medical evacuation vehicles will safely transport wounded patients to the designated hospitals. They were assembled in Gibraltar.

“This is not the first time that Canadian-funded ambulances have been sent to Ukraine. Ukrainian Canadians have stood shoulder to shoulder with their Ukrainian brothers and sisters throughout the 9-year war and will stand until Ukraine wins,” says Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the CUF’s Board and the CUF-UCC joint Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee (UHRC) that manages the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal fund. On January 28, 2017, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress donated 14 ambulances to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.

Since February 2022, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has supported the Health Sector of Ukraine with 53 metric tons of medications delivered to 78 hospitals in the Eastern Ukraine reaching 790,500 patients, 17 dialysis machines, 20 vacuum assisted closure (VAC) machines, 330 pallets of PPE and 60 generators.

According to UNICEF estimates, by the end of 2022, a total of 17.7 million people in Ukraine were in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including 3.4 million children. Hence, our mission to provide the urgent humanitarian aid remains crucial. Thank you to our 72,000 donors across Canada who have supported our work over the past year. We are grateful to all for their continuous and steadfast support.


The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of assistance to displaced persons, medical care, emergency shelter and food security.

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365 days of suffering and resilience. Today marks one-year since Russia’s brutal, unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

On the eve of the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the Board of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), and Alexandra Chyczij, the National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), held a press conference in Toronto reporting on the $52 million raised through the CUF-UCC joint Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the $26 million already deployed in the essential humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

They were joined by Her Excellency, Yulia Kovaliv, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, who expressed her deep gratitude for the help and support of Ukrainian people provided by Canadians over the last year, and also, by Rahul Singh, the Executive Director of GlobalMedic, one of CUF’s partners in delivering food and hygiene kits to Ukraine.

Left to right: Rahul Singh, Alexandra Chyczij, Victor Hetmanczuk, Oksana Kuzyshyn, Laryssa Waler


  • The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal is a joint effort of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). For over a year, the two organizations have been working together to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver crucial humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians suffering in the brutal and unprovoked war.
  • Since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation on February 24th, 2022 – the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has raised over $52 million from 72,000 donors across Canada.
  • Primary focus of the humanitarian relief efforts was in the area of food security, medical care, and emergency shelter for displaced persons in Ukraine and in the neighbouring countries.
UCC – CUF Executives
Left to Right: Alexandra Chyczij, National President of UCC, Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the Board, CUF, and Oksana Kuzyshyn, COO, CUF

Since February 2022, the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has delivered:

  • 300 thousand boxes of food providing meals to 850,000 people in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania
  • 53 MT of medicines reaching 790,500 patients
  • 161 generators for hospitals, surviving families of Ukrainian armed forces personnel killed in action, and in support of Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy
  • 2,000 stoves for cooking and heating homes in recently liberated areas
  • 2,000 wooden beds, mattresses, duvets, pillows and bedding for the displaced persons
  • 1,000 sets of firefighting gear, 10,000 gloves specialized for the first responders
  • $1.2M in psychological assistance for civilians
  • 2 surgical missions who operated on 44 patients with severe craniofacial injuries, totalling 106 procedures
  • 20 Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC) machines for wound infection treatment in hospitals in Western Ukraine plus consumables
  • 11 Toyota ambulances for Ukraine’s Ministry of Health
  • 3 Humanitarian Demining Robots
  • 1,000 pallets of cleaning supplies to displaced persons
  • 330 pallets of PPE to hospitals

According to UNICEF estimates, by the end of 2022, a total of 17.7 million people in Ukraine were in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, including 3.4 million children. Currently, 5.9 million internally displaced persons are registered in Ukraine.


  • “Ukrainians are severely affected by Russian aggression. Russia has destroyed almost 50% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, and most Ukrainians do not have access to basics, such as electricity, water, and heat. We are very grateful to CUF and UCC for delivering the generators with light masts for our teams of electricians, who can now efficiently repair the grid and restore the electricity, as well as the generators for hospitals and veterans’ families. More than 45,000 residential areas have been destroyed in Ukraine, with hundreds of thousands of people unable to return to their homes. CUF-UCC help set up temporary shelters by supplying the necessities, beds and mattresses, food and medical supplies, as well as sponsoring psychological support programs for Ukrainians. On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I want to thank you for your support and ask you to continue standing with Ukraine until our common victory”, – Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Yulia Kovaliv.
  • “The Ukrainian Canadian community has been working non-stop to support our sisters and brothers in Ukraine in their heroic defence of their homeland from Russia`s genocidal war of aggression. Our community is immensely grateful to all Canadians for their steadfast, generous support of the Ukrainian people in their time of need.” – Alexandra Chyczij, National President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
  • “This year, more than ever, we are grateful to those who founded Canada-Ukraine Foundation in 1995, and to all those who have built its strong foundation, nurtured the relations both, here, in Canada, and in Ukraine, and kept the organization effective and efficient, so that when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th – we were there within a few days with the first tranche of humanitarian aid. Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal became the fund of choice to all across Canada, who wanted to support the humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.” – Victor Hetmanczuk, Chair of the Board of Directors, Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
  • This ugly war in Ukraine has displaced over 16 million people. Brutal attacks on civilian infrastructure have damaged electrical grids and knocked out water purification facilities. One in three household are food insecure. People are hungry and need clean water. I am proud of our partnership with CUF. They have rallied the community to raise awareness and funds to help vulnerable families in need. With their support we have reached families in desperate need with life-saving humanitarian assistance. This war rages on and it is getting uglier. We must redouble our efforts to keep helping families in need.” – Rahul Singh, Executive Director, GlobalMedic.

CUF appoints acting CEO

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ostap Skrypnyk as the acting CEO of the Foundation.

Mr. Skrypnyk assumes the role until at least June of this year, in response to a request for leave of absence from CUF President and CEO Orest Sklierenko.

Since 1988, Skrypnyk has been active in promoting economic relations between Canada and Ukraine, developing numerous civil society and humanitarian projects in Ukraine. He has participated in numerous international election observation missions in Ukraine.

Mr. Skrypnyk is a consultant and researcher working in the nonprofit sector, government relations and community development.

“I am honoured to have been asked to oversee the good work of our Foundation,” said Mr Skrypnyk. “Under Orest Sklierenko’s leadership, we kickstarted a vital humanitarian aid hub for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s full-scale invasion. Our Foundation will continue to play a critical role in humanitarian relief and in helping Ukraine rebuild after its victory.”

The CUF Board of Directors unanimously appointed Mr. Skrypnyk to the Foundation’s seniormost leadership role in an acting capacity, in the certainty he will continue its track record of excellence in delivering high-quality projects in Ukraine and here in Canada.

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Shumka Raises over $60,000
for Canada-Ukraine Foundation Aid For Artists

EDMONTON – Ukrainian Shumka Dancers are proud to announce over $60,000 will be donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation Aid for Artists raised through various events, fundraising initiatives, and Shumka on Tour. 

Since the war on Ukraine began almost one year ago, preserving and advancing Ukrainian culture is important now, more than ever. In response, throughout 2022 Shumka led several fundraising initiatives to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation Aid for Artists.

Fundraising initiatives included opportunities for audience members to donate during Shumka School of Dance concerts; the donation of concession and bar proceeds from April’s Shumka on Tour performance in Edmonton, in partnership with the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society; a special screening of Dancing on Eggshells in partnership with Metro Cinema; proceeds from Shumka Emerge at Camrose’s Lougheed Centre; and over $36,000 from Shumka on Tour through audience donations, the sale of special merchandise and a limited-edition “Shumka Blonde” label with Sea Change Brewing

The designated Aid for Artists fund of the Canada Ukraine Foundation provides an outlet for the community at large to support the arts and artists of Ukraine who keep the country forward-facing, courageous and united. “Art is the soul of our people; our strength and identity. Preserving and advancing Ukrainian culture is now more important than ever,” noted Shumka Executive Director and Aid for Artists Committee Chair, Darka Tarnawsky.

The CUF Aid for Artists of Ukraine Committee aims to work with Ukrainian visual and performing artists, arts institutions, NGOs, and various levels of government culture ministries to build capability and capacity within the Ukrainian arts community in Ukraine. Through CUF-supported and sponsored programs and projects, the arts will be promoted by enabling artists, arts workers, arts organizations, arts institutions and artist advocates to improve the preservation, promotion and development of Ukrainian arts in the communities they serve. The current focus of the Committee is on raising funds and determining criteria for dissemination of such.

Shumka encourages Canadians to continue to donate and support in this time of need. For more information about the Canada-Ukraine Foundation visit For more information about Shumka, Aid for Ukraine, and upcoming projects, visit

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Ukraine’s energy grid, hospitals, and veterans’ families receive generators from the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Ukraine’s energy infrastructure continuously sustains severe damages from frequent Russian drone and missile attacks. Just yesterday, Russia launched 17 drones followed by 59 rockets across Ukraine, targeting its energy infrastructure. People throughout the country, yet again, endured long hours without electricity. Prolonged blackouts, heating and water shortages are the reality for Ukrainians for over 11 months now. There is a crucial need for power generators to sustain basic living conditions.

To date, Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee – a joint partnership of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) committed to providing:

  • 50 large power generators with light masts for Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy
  • 60 generators for hospitals through its partnership with NGO Initiative E+
  • 46 generators for the families of war veterans through Global Medic

Chris Brown, foreign correspondent for CBC, did a story out of Chernihiv, Ukraine, on the use of the generators with light masts that enable the continuity of power network repairs, day and night. 27 units have already been delivered and are in use; remaining 23 are en route.

Our partner organization in Ukraine, NGO Initiative E+ has started delivery of the 60 generators to the hospitals, to ensure the continuity of patient care.

With the help of another partner, Global Medic, 46 generators will be shipped and delivered to the families of the veterans over the next month.

Today, January 27th, marks one year since the launch of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal fund and the establishment of the CUF-UCC Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee to manage it. The $22.9 million of aid and assistance delivered as of December 2022, would not have been possible without the generosity and unwavering support of our donors across Canada. Thank you for helping Ukrainians remain resilient in the face of the Russian aggression! To learn more about the work of the Committee on the numerous ongoing humanitarian relief projects, please visit our website.


The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal has been established jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) to formalize a coordinated approach in providing humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently to those in need in Ukraine to address any further aggression by Russia. The main efforts of cooperation are to provide humanitarian assistance/relief in the areas of assistance to displaced persons, medical care, emergency shelter and food security.