6 February 2023

UKRAINE EMERGENCY: Describing all our activities in the field

Since the beginning of the conflict, 7.83 million civilians have left Ukraine and 5.59 million have fled the combat zones to find refuge in the west of the country. The war continues, and so do the needs of the refugee populations: 17.7 million people are now declared in need (OCHA, Situation Report Ukraine – 19 December 2022)

Russian fighting and shelling have intensified in eastern and southern Ukraine, with regular attacks across the country, particularly targeting critical power system infrastructure components, namely power stations and electrical substations. These attacks leave millions of people without electricity, disrupting water supplies and heating systems, while temperatures are dropping below zero in most parts of the country. In December 2022 the authorities set up a system of emergency power cuts in 10 of the 24 oblasts and, in Kyiv, 40% of the capital was plunged into darkness.

On Tuesday, December 13, during his participation in the international conference “Solidarity of the Ukrainian people” organized in Paris and co-chaired with Emmanuel Macron, Volodymyr Zelensky set the tone thus:

We must defeat the energy terror sown by Russia. Generators have become as necessary as armoured vehicles and body armour.

The conflict continues to generate considerable needs in terms of access to medical care (14.5 million people need health care) and also increases the needs of the population, particularly during the winter period. Electriciens sans frontières’ actions aim to support more than 300 collective centres (health centres, reception centres, schools, etc.) to meet the needs of displaced families located in several oblasts affected by the Russian bombardments. ESF is working hand in hand with local partners to provide equipment to meet the basic electrical needs of displaced populations.


Thanks to your donations and your support, several convoys of equipment have been, or are being, sent since December and January for Medical Aid Committee, Charity Foundation Fortechnyi, the AICM Fondation, the Nadiia Ukraini association, the local administrations of Chernihiv and Kharkiv to the centres of several oblasts affected by the Russian attacks. These shipments consisted of:

  • 200 kits consisting of 3 kVA generators, electrical cable, air heaters, extension leads, hotplates as well as warm clothes and equipment (hats, sleeping bags, fleece blankets, etc.)
  • 4,000 solar lights
  • 3,000 convector heaters
  • More than 100 generators of different powers (between 6 and 500 kVA) with electrical cable (2.5 km), reels and extension leads
  • 220 space heaters


Since the start of the conflict, with the help of the Crisis and Support Center (Centre de crise et de soutien (CDCS) of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Electriciens sans frontières has been working with humanitarian partners in France and Ukraine to intervene effectively and organize actions meeting the needs of the people. We thank all our operational partners for their trust and commitment to us: Medical Aid Committee, Charity Foundation Fortechnyi, the AICM  Fondation, the Nadiia Ukraini association, , local administrations of Chernihiv and Kharkiv.

Thank you to all our partners and donors for supporting our actions with financial, material and sponsorship donations, which allow us to be effective in the field.

ADEME, Association Energie Durable, Association Graines, Association Partage-Amitié-Solidarité, Bizline, CCAS, Centre de Crise et de soutien du Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères, Clean Horizon Consulting, Don de chaleur, ecosystem, EDF, Eiffage Energies Systèmes – Infra Rhône Alpes, Enedis, Epexspot, Eucanaid, FFIE, Fondation Alstom, Fondation de France, Fondation du Grand Orient de France, Fondation groupe EDF, Fondation NEXANS, Fondation Rexel, Fondation Schneider Electric, Gimélec, GIVE EUR-HOPE, Groupe Atlantic, Groupe Intuis, Lagazel, Legrand, Nexans, Prysmian Group, Q energy, RTE,  Syndicat Départemental d’Electricité de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Syndicat Départemental d’Énergie des Côtes d’Armor Syndicat Départemental d’Énergie et d’Équipement du Finistère, Syndicat départemental d’énergies du Morbihan, SDMO-Kohler, SERCE, Sicae-Oise, SICECO 21, Syndicat Intercommunal d’Energie d’Indre-et-Loire, Syndicat de Gestion des Énergies de la Région Lyonnaise, SNF, Sonepar France, SPIE, Syndicat Départemental d’Energie de Saône & Loire, Union Française de l’Electricité, Union Technique de l’Electricité, World Fuel Services Corporation…

Electriciens sans frontières thanks you sincerely for your support. Because the protection of human lives is the absolute priority, Electriciens sans frontières’ mobilisation will be strong and long-lasting.

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