Refugee from Ukraine Katerina holding her son Arsen.
© UNHCR/Anna Liminowicz

Ukraine Emergency

Make a donation to help people fleeing Ukraine in their time of need.

Destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine

On the morning of 6 June, the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine was destroyed and led to massive flooding, impacting at least 80 towns and villages, and causing damage and destruction to homes and other civilian infrastructure.

UNHCR has prepositioned emergency stock, including items like jerry cans, hygiene kits and bedding items to respond to those in need. In coordination with the Ukrainian authorities and humanitarian partners, some of this stock has already been distributed to displaced and affected communities in the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions, with further stock being dispatched to Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Working closely with local partners, we are also scaling up cash assistance for those affected.

The war in Ukraine has torn millions of lives apart and created a massive humanitarian emergency. More than six million refugees have fled Ukraine, and more than five million people are displaced inside the country.

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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