Evacuees board a train at a railway station before fleeing to try to find safety.
The latest fighting in Ukraine is forcing families to flee. Please give now to save lives.
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War in Ukraine in 2022 has forced upwards of 6.3 million people to flee Ukraine. An additional 8 million people have been displaced within Ukraine’s borders.
to provide safety for those fleeing or left with damaged homes
Relief items and emergency payments
for the most vulnerable individuals, including winter relief and blankets
to help displaced people access social services and psychological support
What’s happening in Ukraine?
Renewed military action broke out on 24 February 2022, forcing people in Ukraine to flee their homes.
More than 6.3 million refugees from Ukraine have now crossed borders to seek safety in neighbouring countries, such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. These numbers continue to rise.
UNHCR is urgently upscaling relief operations across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to support fleeing civilians. Urgent needs include shelter, relief items such as blankets, and specialist protection – all rely on voluntary donations.
Ukraine has been impacted by years of uncertainty and simmering conflict, and UNHCR has been working in the country since 1994, alongside local authorities, partners and community organisations. Prior to this 2022 crisis, almost 3 million people were already facing humanitarian need in Ukraine, including 850,000 internally displaced Ukrainians and 5,000 refugees from others countries.
How long has UNHCR been in Ukraine?
UNHCR has been working in Ukraine since 1994 and established a country office the following year in 1995, supporting refugees and asylum-seekers, stateless people, and internally displaced and other conflict-affected persons.
How has conflict in recent years led to displacement in Ukraine?
Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the temporary occupation of Crimea in 2014, UNHCR has provided protection and humanitarian assistance on both sides of the contact line. This includes support for internally displaced people, refugees and stateless people in the country.
Military action in 2022 has forced millions more people in Ukraine to flee their homes. An additional 8 million people have been displaced within Ukraine’s borders.
UNHCR and its teams work in both Government controlled and non-Government controlled areas, and in neighbouring countries, delivering humanitarian assistance such as emergency shelter and psychological support to people in need.
Where are refugees from Ukraine fleeing to?
Neighbouring countries such as Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia have all accepted refugees from Ukraine and are providing refuge, supported by UNHCR teams.
What support does UNHCR deliver?
With teams across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from Ukraine, UNHCR is providing protection and humanitarian assistance, including emergency shelters, repairs for homes damaged by shelling, emergency cash assistance, and protection such as psychological support.
UNHCR has also provided training for Ukrainian civil society organisations involved in helping to protect refugees and other displaced families.
During the coronavirus pandemic, UNHCR has worked to strengthen the capacity of health and social care providers in Ukraine, as well as advocating for asylum-seekers to have free, equal access to healthcare and vaccination against COVID-19.
Latest statements on Ukraine
Latest statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
Latest statement by UK for UNHCR CEO, Emma Cherniavsky.
Latest media release launching UK for UNHCR Ukraine Emergency Appeal.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR has helped transport over 3,000 tons of relief to support displaced people in Ukraine, including hygiene kits, PPE, sanitisers and soap, medical equipment, timber and construction materials for shelter and repairs.
When conflict began near their home in Pivdenne town, Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine, forty-two year old single mother Nataliia and her 10-year-old son Serhii were placed in immediate danger.
With support from UNHCR, Nataliia and Serhii were relocated away from the conflict zone to the safety of a new apartment in Toretsk.