Liudmyla, 70, stands in her potato cellar, where she sheltered for a month during intense fighting.
© UNHCR/Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi

Ukraine Crisis Appeal

The war in Ukraine has created a massive humanitarian emergency. Donate now to send aid to people fleeing for their lives.

“When the shooting started, I ran to the cellar. I spent a month in that cellar. It was cold, but I had to endure it.”

- Liudmyla, 70, Kyiv oblast

It's been two years since Russia invaded Ukraine and created the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

More than six million Ukrainians have been forced to flee the country. Another three million are displaced inside Ukraine. 

Fierce attacks continue, forcing people to flee for their lives. Homes, hospitals and schools have been destroyed. Families are sheltering in badly damaged homes or accommodation centres, desperate for the fighting to end.

Now they face yet another emergency: winter. 

In Ukraine, temperatures fall well below zero and winter storms can be deadly. Attacks on energy infrastructure have left vulnerable communities without power and heating when they are most needed.

Please donate now to send life-saving aid to the people of Ukraine.

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

Halyna and her son, Vitali, stand in the remains of their family home which was badly damaged by a missile strike in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
Winter assistance
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

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