SINGAPORE: The Singapore Red Cross will contribute US$100,000 to support affected communities in Ukraine, after Russia launched a full-scale invasion on Thursday (Feb 24).
The support will go towards the provision of relief supplies such as hygiene kits, family kits and household kits for the vulnerable who are displaced by the conflict, said Singapore Red Cross in a media release on Friday.
It added that about 3 million people in Ukraine rely on humanitarian aid and 850,000 are displaced. Around 30 per cent of the people in need are elderly.
A public appeal will be held from Feb 25 to Mar 31, with details on how to donate available on the Singapore Red Cross website.
“We are deeply concerned about the outbreak of open conflict and its dire consequences," said Mr Benjamin William, secretary-general and CEO of Singapore Red Cross.
"The humanitarian needs on the ground will continue to rise as the conflict intensifies," he added.
The organisation said it is in close contact with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to ascertain the evolving needs on the ground and respond in an appropriate manner.
Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin, in the biggest attack on a European state since World War II.
At least 137 people in Ukraine were killed and 316 people injured during the first day of fighting, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday.
"In line with universally accepted International Humanitarian Law, the Red Cross has called for the protection of non-combatants and critical infrastructure such as water and power systems in Ukraine, so that all humanitarian actors, including the Red Cross, will be able to have access to civilians needing help," said Singapore Red Cross.
The Singapore Red Cross has also activated its Restoring Family Links service to help Singapore residents locate family members. For assistance, please contact Singapore Red Cross.