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.
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Ukraine Emergency

The war in Ukraine has created the world’s largest human displacement crisis. Donate now to send aid to people fleeing for their lives.

“All neighbouring towns and villages became a battlefield. We left everything behind, absolutely everything.”

Nastia, refugee from Ukraine

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

The conflict has forced 14 million people to flee to safety, while another 13 million are stranded in hard-hit areas.

When bombs fell near her home in Dnipro, Nastia escaped with her mother and two children.

They survived an arduous journey to the Polish border and are now staying in Wroclaw.

However, they are running low on cash and don’t know when they’ll be able to return home. Loud noises like ambulance sirens continue to scare Nastia’s five-year-old son.

“It was about finding a safe place for my son.”

Rozalia registered for UNHCR cash assistance in Poland after a three-day journey to reach the border.

Rozalia Kucherowa with her son Andriy register at UNHCR’s cash assistance centre in Warsaw.
© UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa

Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of this conflict.

Forced to shelter in bunkers or crowded accommodation centres, Ukrainians are desperate for the fighting to end. Many are cut off from essential supplies such as food, water and power, and need urgent assistance. 

For those able to escape across the border into countries like Poland and Moldova, 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.

The majority of refugees fleeing Ukraine are women and children. Many have special needs and require additional support. Together with UNICEF, UNHCR has established Blue Dot protection hubs across the region to support the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children, young mothers, and the elderly.


Your gift can help us establish more reception and accommodation centres to provide safe, warm places for people fleeing the war.

Basic Needs

Your gift can provide cash assistance to help refugees cover their basic needs, including shelter, food and medicine. 

Social Services

Your gift can help displaced people access social services and psychological support such as counselling.

“My brother passed away in World War II. I never thought that my children would have to go through something like this.”

Liubov, a World War II survivor, fled her home in Kyiv with a small bag containing key documents.

Liubov Suhai, 80, fled her village outside Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, on 16 March and is now living with her daughter Larysa in Warsaw
© UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa

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The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

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