Ukraine emergency

Oksana, Yurii and their daughter Svitlana outside their destroyed home in Nalyvaikivka, in Kyiv province. 

The family is currently living in a UNHCR shelter provided to them after the attack. Ongoing fighting is continuing to devastate Ukrainian families. Please give now to save lives.

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War in Ukraine has forced upwards of 6.3 million refugees to flee their homes and find safety across Europe. An additional 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Ukraine’s borders.

Emergency shelter

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

 

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Community support

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 across Europe. An additional 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Ukraine’s borders.

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 6.6 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.

How can I learn more about the situation in Ukraine?

To access the latest data and reports on UNHCR’s vital work in Ukraine, please visit the Ukraine Operations portal.

To find out more about UNHCR’s work in Ukraine, please visit UNHCR Ukraine.

As of August 2022, more than 10.3 million people have left Ukraine. Over the same period, 4.3 million people had been recorded crossing the border into Ukraine.  

“With the cash assistance, we will buy some tasty food.” 

Fearing for their lives, Yulia and her son Vlad were forced to flee Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine on the 15th of March 2022, taking just one small bag with them. Both Yulia and Vlad found safety in Poland, one hour outside Warsaw, and are now enrolled in UNHCR’s cash assistance program.

UNHCR’s work around the world relies on voluntary donations. To support UNHCR’s work, please donate today.

©UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa

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“With the cash assistance, we will buy some tasty food.” 

Fearing for their lives, Yulia and her son Vlad were forced to flee Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine on the 15th of March 2022, taking just one small bag with them. Both Yulia and Vlad found safety in Poland, one hour outside Warsaw, and are now enrolled in UNHCR’s cash assistance program.

UNHCR’s work around the world relies on voluntary donations. To support UNHCR’s work, please donate today.

©UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa

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