Home page News
The Russian Orthodox Church handed over 1,700 tons of&n…

The Russian Orthodox Church handed over 1,700 tons of humanitarian aid to refugees and affected civilians

Summary of Church assistance to refugees and affected civilians for May 2022


● In May, the Synodal Department for Charity raised 3.25 million Rub to help refugees and affected civilians in the conflict zone. In total, by June 10 2022 the Department has collected 219.6 million Rub to help refugees.

● In May, the Synodal Charity Department allocated 42.3 million Rub to help refugees and affected civilians. In total, by June 10the Department spent 112.7 million Rub to provide help.

● In Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church has collected, purchased and transferred more than 1,700 tons of humanitarian aid to refugees and affected civilians, of which more than 1,100 tons were sent to Donetsk, Lugansk, Gorlovka, Severodonetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Berdyansk dioceses.

● By May 31, a total of 347 tons of humanitarian aid had been sent from the Moscow Church Collection Center, organized by the Synodal Department for Charity, to refugees in Moscow, in border dioceses and civilians in the conflict zone. By June 10, 385 tons were sent.

● By June 10, refugees have been accommodated in 52 church related institutions in Russia, Germany and Ukraine.

● In May, 4,390 prs. applied to the church center of targeted assistance to refugees in Moscow. By June 10, 8,770 people had applied for assistance.

● By May 31, 4,625 refugee families had applied for help to the humanitarian center of the Rostov-on-Don diocese. By June 10 – over 5,500 refugee families.

● Every day, Orthodox volunteers of Ukrainian dioceses distribute food to about 6 thousand people, more than 2 thousand people receive humanitarian aid daily. In total, by May 31 about 1.5 thousand tons of humanitarian aid was distributed to the affected civilians in Ukraine.

Assistance to the wounded, medical care

● 5 volunteer doctors from the St. Alexy Church Hospital provide assistance to the residents of Mariupol: on the left bank of the city, 3 doctors conduct outpatient appointments and go on house calls, on the right bank, 2 surgeons of the church hospital operate in the city hospital #2 of Mariupol.

Orthodox volunteers help the wounded in hospitals in Moscow, Odintsovo, Moscow region, in the military hospital of Rostov-on-Don and in the Novoazovskaya Central District Hospital.

● From March 5 to May 31, 252 refugees applied to St. Alexy Hospital for help (152 prs. in May), 326 outpatient consultations and 112 instrumental diagnostics were conducted, 58 patients underwent laboratory tests, 12 patients underwent inpatient treatment and have already been discharged. 13 patients were taken from Mariupol to St. Alexy Hospital in Moscow.

● By June 8, 1,048 applications have been submitted for courses on care for the wounded, organized by the St. Alexy Hospital Training Center and the Synodal Department for Charity, and 167 prs. have been trained. 152 people graduated from the courses.

Accommodation of refugees in church related institutions and with the support of the Church

● By May 31, in Russia, refugees are housed in a church shelter in the village of Manychskaya, a shelter in the Voronezh diocese, the Iverskaya Mother of God Icon Convent of the Rostov Diocese, the Staritsky Dormition Monastery of the Tver Diocese, the Mary and Martha Convent in Belgorod Diocese, the diocesan Mother and Child Center in Belgorod, and the diocesan shelter in Stavropol. Also, with the support of the Church, refugees are housed in Novocherkassk of the Rostov diocese. A refugees family was received by the Kovalevsky orphanage in the Kostroma diocese. Children go to kindergartens and schools.

● Refugees and people in need of help were accommodated by the Svyatogorskaya Lavra of the Donetsk Diocese, the St. John the Baptist Monastery of the Lugansk Diocese in Chuginka, the Sergievsky Convent of the Gorlovka Diocese in Sergeyevka, the Holy Trinity Brailovsky Convent, the St. John the Theologian Monastery and the Holy Cross Church of the Vinnytsia Diocese, the Trinity Cathedral and the Assumption Yelets Monastery of the Chernigov Diocese, Galaykovsky Holy Transfiguration Monastery of Mogilev-Podolsk Diocese, Banchensky Monastery of Chernivtsi-Bukovina Diocese, Cyril and Methodius Svalyavsky, Nikolaevsky, Pokrovsky Rakoshinsky and Dormition Dombok monasteries of the Mukachevo diocese, Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra, Olshansky Convent and Neshcherovsky Holy Transfiguration Monastery of the Kiev diocese, the Church of St Tatiana in the village of Vygoda and St. Nicholas Church of the Odessa diocese, the Archangel Michael Monastery and St. Panteleimon Monastery in the Odessa diocese, St. Elizabeth Monastery and the Holy Dormition Church of the Kirovograd diocese, Gorodok, Dermansky, Belovsky and Goshchansky monasteries of the Rivne diocese, Kiev Caves Lavra, Holy Intercession Goloseevskaya Monastery, Holy Vvedensky Monastery, Archangel Michael Monastery, St. Panteleimon Monastery in Kiev, Kiev Theological Academy and Seminary, Holy Annunciation Church of Krasnograd, St. Vladimis Church of Kharkov, Holy Spirit Church of Bogodukhov of Kharkiv Diocese, Poltava Missionary Theological Seminary, Holy Intercession Church in Dnipro Svyatogorsky Zimnensky Convent of the Vladimir-Volyn diocese.

● In the Berlin and Germany Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, refugees were accommodated in St. George Monastery in Gotschendorf, in the Znamensky Church in Ulm, in the Hamburg parish house, in the parish house of the Holy Trinity Church of Dortmund.

Humanitarian aid

· The Belgorod Diocese has sent over 110 tons of humanitarian aid to Kharkiv Diocese.

· The Synodal Department for Charity purchased and sent 20 tons of humanitarian aid to Rostov diocese, 20 tons of humanitarian aid to Belgorod diocese and 18 tons to Lugansk diocese. The Luhansk Diocese regularly transports food and hygiene items to villages and towns in the conflict zone.

· The Simferopol Diocese has sent 80 tons of humanitarian aid to neighboring dioceses.

· Metropolitan Mitrofan of Gorlovka and Slavyansk took part in the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Mariupol Azovstal plant.

· For the Gorlovka Diocese, the Synodal Department for Charity purchased a GAZ Sadko car for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

· In Nikolaev, near the Cathedral of the Nativity of Mother of God, 1000 loaves of bread and Easter cakes baked in the Iversky and Ilyinsky monasteries of Odessa were distributed. Orthodox youth of Transcarpathia handed over Easter cakes and food packages to more than 1,000 refugees.

· In Kharkiv, priests and volunteers regularly send humanitarian aid to residents of the Kharkiv districts of Saltovka, Horizon and Solnechny, to hospitals and refugees in the Kharkiv region.

· The Zverinetsky Monastery in Kiev sends bread every week for refugees and elderly people in Kiev.

· Orthodox volunteers of the Voronezh Diocese handed over 9 tons of humanitarian aid to the affected civilians in the conflict zone.

· The Vinnytsia, Ternopil and Chernivtsi-Bukovina dioceses sent 29 tons of humanitarian aid to the residents of Kharkiv in May.

· St. Klimentovsky Inkerman Monastery in Crimea has sent more than 5.5 tons of humanitarian aid to refugees.

· A refugee assistance center was opened at the St Onufriy Tikhvin Church in Voronezh in May. Up to 150 prs. daily apply here for help.

· The Synodal Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Social and Humanitarian Issues has sent 18 tons of humanitarian aid to the Chernihiv diocese.

· The Kiev charitable Foundation "Favor" donated humanitarian aid for 1800 refugees in the Kamensk diocese.

· In May, the Nizhny Novgorod Metropolia sent 37.5 tons of humanitarian aid to Donbass, this being their fourth humanitarian shipment.

· More than 1,000 humanitarian kits for residents of Gorlovka were sent from the Kharlampiev Church in Irkutsk.

· About 7 tons of humanitarian aid were sent from the Volyn diocese to residents of the Sumy region.

· In the soup kitchen at the church of the Kaspersky Icon of the Mother of God in Kherson, about 200 needy civilians receive hot meals daily.

Spiritual help

· Priests of Khabarovsk, Volgograd, Tula, Nizhny Novgorod, Belevsk, Kaluga, Borisoglebsk, Belgorod, Tver, Tambov, Voronezh, Moscow, Ufa, Balakovo, Lipetsk and other dioceses visited the TACs, performed prayer services and memorial services, held spiritual conversations with refugees.

· The dioceses of Vyksa, Cheboksary, Kaluga, Kazan and Ryazan organized pilgrimage trips for refugees.

Targeted assistance

· Priests, sisters of mercy and volunteers in Rostov-on-Don, Volgodonsk, Moscow, Kurgan, Nizhny Novgorod, Tula, Omsk, Nizhny Tagil, Yekaterinburg, Cheboksary, Borisoglebsk, Troitsk, Vyazma, Khabarovsk, Tver, Yeisk, Otradnensk, Simbirsk, Gatchina, Vyksa, Yakutsk, Vladikavkaz, Saratov, Voronezh, Kaluga, Vyatka, Penza, Simferopol, Lugansk, Odessa and Sumy dioceses provided targeted food and clothing assistance to refugees, assisted in issuing documents, delivered refugees to hospitals and social institutions, bought medicines, furniture and necessary household items for refugees, paid for tickets to return home, helped with accommodation.


Minutes of the Holy Synod of 29th May 2022


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church


Patriarchal condolences on the death of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York


Patriarch Kirill: Our flock is both in Russia and Ukraine and we ardently pray for the restoration of peace


Commentary by the Communications Service of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate on the interview given by Pope Francis to the Italian publication Corriere della sera.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates Paschal Great Vespers at the Church of Christ the Saviour


Paschal Message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the archpastors, pastors, deacons, monastics and all faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church


Holy Synod members discuss the issue of rendering aid to refugees and suffering civilians in Ukraine


Holy Synod considers it important that the Russian Church’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine be brought to notice of the heads of non-Orthodox Churches and inter-Christian organizations


Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church meets under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill


Metropolitan Hilarion: The main thing in a person's life is their relationship with God


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s address to the Supreme Church Council on March 18, 2022


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairing a meeting of the Supreme Church Council


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had a talk with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby


First meeting takes place between the metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony and the workers of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate


Metropolitan Anthony: Growing manifestations of extremism threaten preservation of common Christian shrines in Holy Land


Handover of work responsibilities at the Department for External Church Relations


Appointments of new Сhairman of the Department for External Church Relations and new rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute


Metropolitan Hilarion: Attempts to split up the Orthodox community in Lithuania are doomed to failure


Metropolitan Hilarion: Time and good will are needed for healing schisms


Metropolitan Hilarion: Attempts to forcefully rename the Ukrainian Orthodox Church result from an ambition to seize its church buildings


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been autonomous for over thirty years


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk concluded his working trip to Hungary


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visited Hungary


Metropolitan Hilarion: The developments in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be understood in the context of unprecedented pressure put upon it


Metropolitan Hilarion: The unity between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is preserved


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church


Metropolitan Hilarion: Sooner or later a solution would be found about healing the wounds inflicted on the body of world Orthodoxy


Metropolitan Hilarion: Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus had sincerely wished to help when the Ukrainian schism was about to happen


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Vespers of Good Friday with the procession of the burial-shroud.


Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on Holy and Great Thursday.


Metropolitan Hilarion: the essence of religious life lies in the love for God


Metropolitan Hilarion: May the joy of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world live in our hearts always


On Christmas Eve, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "Joy to All who Sorrow" on Bolshaya Ordynka.


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord calls every person to salvation in a variety of ways


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has commanded us to love every human being


Metropolitan Hilarion: on the Feast of the Holy Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we glorify the heavenly intercession of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


Page is available in the following languages

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب