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Hi, this is Michelle. Last year, the Swiss population donated a record amount of money for Ukraine through the charity foundation Swiss Solidarity, only a third of which has been deployed. But as the war rages on and needs continue to grow, some actors are getting impatient.

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Food and drink being provided at a Ukrainian Red Cross tent outside an apartment block that was hit by a Russian rocket on 14 January 2023 in Dnipro, central Ukraine. (Keystone/Avalon/Mykola Miakshykov)

Is Swiss aid reaching Ukraine fast enough? Swiss Solidarity, known in French as Chaîne de bonheur, has raised over CHF 129 million since late February 2022 for the war-torn country – a record amount for the Lausanne-based charity foundation. But with big sums of money come huge scrutiny. In the past year around only one third of the funds have been allocated, prompting criticism from some organisations who would like to see aid arrive more quickly. For Swiss Solidarity, it is its responsibility that every penny is well spent and due diligence can take time.

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