Woman holds child in the snow. Kateryna fled her hometown of Kryvyi Rih in southern Ukraine on 6 March.
UNHCR / Anna Liminowicz

Ukraine Emergency

Humanitarian emergency in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has torn millions of lives apart and created a massive humanitarian emergency. 

One year since the war began in Ukraine, nearly one-third of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes. Over 8 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe, and over 5 million people are internally displaced.

In Ukraine, many families are surviving in damaged homes, sheltering in bunkers or seeking safety at accommodation centres. Millions are cut off from essential supplies such as water, power and heating, and need urgent assistance. 

For those able to escape across the border, the emergency isn't over. Refugees have been forced to leave everything behind. They need a safe place to stay, cash to buy basic items such as food and clothing, and access to counselling and legal aid. 

Please donate now and help people fleeing Ukraine in their time of need.

By donating today, you can help families in Ukraine access:

Senior Supply Officer, Nabil Makki, pictured in the UNHCR warehouse in Bucharest. Nabil came out of retirement to assist in the Ukraine crisis.
Emergency relief items
Rozalia Kucherowa with her son Andriy register at UNHCR’s cash assistance centre in Warsaw.
Protection services
Liubov Suhai, 80, fled her village outside Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, on 16 March and is now living with her daughter Larysa in Warsaw.
Cash assistance
Ukrainian refugees, Andrei and Ludmila, visit UNHCR’s cash enrolment centre in Krakow Tauron Arena to register for cash assistance to cover their basic needs.
Border crossing advice

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