🔴 LIVE UPDATES | Humanitarian response to Ukraine crisis

20 May 2022

🔴 LIVE UPDATES | Humanitarian response to Ukraine crisis

DevelopmentAid follows donors’ humanitarian responses to the Ukraine crisis provoked by the Russian invasion and brings you LIVE UPDATES on refugees, relief, and humanitarian aid in the region.

UK medical aid donations to Ukraine to reach 11 million items

20 May 2022

Medical aid donations from the UK to Ukraine will reach more than 11 million items in the coming days, helping save tens of thousands of lives.


EIB Board approves €4 billion credit line along with the EMBRACE Advisory Platform to support the integration of refugees from Ukraine in EU countries

19 May 2022

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €4 billion credit line (or program loan) to help national authorities, cities, regions, and local communities in all EU Member States address urgent investment needs and help welcome and integrate people fleeing the war against Ukraine.


Finland makes €2 million voluntary contribution to support Ukraine

18 May 2022

The Government of Finland has made a new voluntary contribution of €2 000 000 to support the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2022 and its successor Action Plan, bringing their total support to the Action Plan to €3.57 million.


JICA signs ¥13 million loan to support Ukraine

17 May 2022

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of Ukraine, connecting Tokyo and Kyiv online, to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 13,000 million yen as part of the Emergency Economic Recovery Development Policy Loan.


CEB approves almost €2 million to help refugees from Ukraine in Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania and the Republic of Moldova

13 May 2022

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) approved almost €2 million in grants from its Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF) to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine and arriving in Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, and the Republic of Moldova. This brings the total amount of MRF grants approved in response to the Ukraine crisis to €5.1 million.


How Action Against Hunger supports Ukrainians fleeing conflict

10 May 2022

Action Against Hunger has been working nonstop to help Ukrainian families in crisis. To date, the emergency response has reached 150,000 people in Ukraine and neighboring Poland, Romania, and Moldova.


The United States announces additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

6 May 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing nearly $387 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine amid the Russian Federation’s war – unprovoked aggression that has triggered staggering displacement and humanitarian need.


World Food Programme signs MoU with Government of Ukraine to provide half a million people with cash

6 May 2022

The UN World Food Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine to scale up cash transfers to half a million people across Ukraine. The agreement with the Government will support people displaced by the war in Ukraine and expand the assistance already provided to 170,000 people through cash.


Standing with Ukraine: Commission announces new aid worth €200 million for displaced people

6 May 2022

The Commission is announcing a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor’s Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden.


Hungarian Interchurch Aid consignment reaches Kharkiv

5 May 2022

Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine in close proximity to the Russian border has received its first aid consignment from Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA).


UK provides further humanitarian aid focused on most vulnerable in Ukraine

5 May 2022

A package of UK support will help reach the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced. United Nations (UN) agencies and charities working on the ground to provide care, support, and protection for those in Ukraine and at its borders will receive £45 million in UK funding, as part of a wider package of support.


Ukraine: As almost 3 million people flee to Poland, IRC scales up response to reach people in need

29 April 2022

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate, more than 5 million people – mainly women and children – have fled to neighboring countries. Almost 3 million people have entered Poland, where the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is providing vital safety and support to families across the country.


Biden Administration announces millions of dollars in global food aid to respond to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine

28 April 2022

The Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking the extraordinary step to draw down the full balance of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust (BEHT) as part of an effort to provide $670 million in food assistance to countries in need as a result of Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.


USA reaffirms commitment to Ukraine with $131 million for resilience, democracy, economic growth, and healthcare

25 April 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will invest $131 million to counter the impact of Russia’s brutal war on the Ukrainian people and to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience, democracy, economy, and healthcare systems.


USA contributes $500 million to World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund to help Ukraine sustain operations

21 April 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is contributing $500 million to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Ukraine (MDTF), fully implementing President Biden’s commitment to President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with direct budgetary aid during their March 30 call. The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war.


Aid agencies step up relief deliveries as humanitarian situation worsens in Ukraine

20 April 2022

Amidst devastating Russian shelling and attacks on health care facilities and personnel, UN aid agencies said that they continue to mobilize inside Ukraine in an effort to help the country’s most vulnerable people.


EU boosts humanitarian aid with additional €50 million to Ukraine

18 April 2022

The EU is allocating a further €50 million in humanitarian funding to support the people affected by Russia’s war on Ukraine, including €45 million for humanitarian projects in Ukraine and €5 million for Moldova.


IFRC to support more than 2 million people affected by the conflict in Ukraine with its largest ever rollout of emergency cash assistance

15 April 2022

In its largest emergency financial assistance program to date, IFRC aims to reach more than 2 million people with support, targeting 360,000 people in Ukraine and neighboring countries within the first three months. Longer-term financial assistance will address the needs of affected people as the crisis evolves.


9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees

11 April 2022

The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.


Swiss food shipment reaches Odesa

09 April 2022

Switzerland is organizing a series of food deliveries for the suffering civilian population in Ukraine. A transport reached Odesa, a city of over a million inhabitants, which needs to organize sufficient food reserves to sustain the nutrition of the population. The SDC‘s humanitarian aid deliveries are made at the request of the local authorities.


CEB issues a new social inclusion bond to bolster its response to Ukraine refugee crisis

08 April 2022

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) issued a new € 1 billion seven-year Social Inclusion Bond (SIB) to bolster its response to the social crisis unfolding due to the war in Ukraine and help its member states assist millions of refugees seeking safety.


Goverment of Timor-Leste provides funds to WFP’s humanitarian response in Ukraine

08 April 2022

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$ 1.5 million donation from the Government of Timor-Leste for the agency’s humanitarian response in Ukraine.


Japan provides US$28 million for humanitarian food assistance in Ukraine

07 April 2022

The United Nations World Food Programme has welcomed an additional contribution of US$14 million from the Government of Japan to provide humanitarian food assistance to people affected by the conflict in Ukraine. This brings the total contribution by Japan to the Ukraine crisis to US$ 28 million. The additional funding will enable WFP to scale up and respond to the humanitarian crisis, by providing in-kind food ration for 100,000 vulnerable people in the south of Ukraine, such as Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson. Outside of Ukraine, food vouchers for hot meals will be provided at reception centers in Moldova, supporting 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers displaced by the war.


UK to donate fleet of ambulances to Ukraine

06 April 2022

The donation of around 20 NHS ambulances will help bring vital lifesaving care to Ukrainians remaining in towns and cities under attack from Russian bombardments. This donation will help replace those Ukrainian ambulances lost to Russian attacks, bolstering the existing fleet’s resilience as the barbaric war goes on.


Ukraine: Humanitarian supply convoy reaches Sievierodonetsk

06 April 2022

The United Nations and humanitarian partners delivered eight trucks of critical supplies for people in the city of Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine’s Luhanska oblast. The convoy brought food rations, flour, plastic sheeting, and blankets for some 17,000 people, as well as four hospital electricity generators, from the International Organization for Migration, an international non-governmental organization, People in Need, the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme (WFP). The notification system for the movement of humanitarian supplies was facilitated through OCHA.


€17 billion of EU funds to help refugees in Ukraine

04 April 2022

The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

The swift amendment of the legislation on EU funds is a clear statement of the EU’s continued solidarity with the refugees from Ukraine and with the member states hosting them, in particular those sharing borders with Ukraine. This is an important step in ensuring member states have sufficient resources to meet the growing needs for housing, education, and healthcare.


Rapid support for Ukraine

04 April 2022

Together with its commissioning parties, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is currently realigning 15 existing projects in Ukraine. Municipalities will receive power generators to operate soup kitchens or hospitals, for example. GIZ is also providing mobile light towers, mini-diggers, chainsaws, and cutting machines, which municipalities can use to clear roads and thereby secure the supply of provisions. In total, the rapid support provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union amounts to EUR 35.2 million.


The UAE sends fifth plane carrying 30 metric tonnes of food and relief supplies to Ukraine

04 April 2022

The United Arab Emirates has sent a fifth plane carrying 30 metric tonnes of medical and relief supplies to Ukraine. This comes as part of providing urgent relief support to impacted civilians in Ukraine and is in response to the international humanitarian appeal to support those who are displaced in Ukraine and the 4 million refugees in neighboring countries.


World Relief welcomes announcement of Ukrainian refugee resettlement and humanitarian assistance, urges broader welcome

31 March 2022

President Biden announced a plan to admit as many as 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States as refugees and through other means. In addition, the United States is committing to provide more than $1 billion in new funding towards humanitarian assistance for those affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its impacts around the world. World Relief welcomes this announcement of additional humanitarian aid and is eager to welcome more Ukrainians to the United States, while also insisting that the U.S. should also welcome a larger number of refugees fleeing other conflicts globally.


WFP reaches one million people with life-saving food support in conflict-stricken Ukraine

31 March 2022

One month into the conflict in Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance to one million people in the country and has built systems able to deliver food at scale to communities in need. Trucks, trains, and minivans are today delivering food supplies to the most vulnerable people across the country and more convoys are expected in the coming days.


Republic of Korea provides US$ 1.5 million to World Food Programme’s Ukraine emergency relief efforts

29 March 2022

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$ 1.5 million contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea to emergency relief efforts in Ukraine.


The UK and Australia work together to get vital aid to Ukraine

29 March 2022

The UK and Australia have announced joint plans to provide humanitarian assistance to people in Ukraine impacted by President Putin’s illegal war. Under the UK-Australia humanitarian partnership, the first of 2 chartered flights carrying hygiene kits, solar lights, kitchen sets, and blankets along with other basic necessities will leave to help the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) meet the immediate needs of people displaced by the conflict.


Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers provide life-saving aid to people in need

28 March 2022

The IFRC network has established logistics pipelines from Poland, Hungary, and Romania to allow for the delivery of life-saving aid into Ukraine, supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross Society in areas most saturated with internally displaced persons. In the past month, the Ukrainian Red Cross teams have reached more than 400,000 people in the country with more than 1,600 tons of essential goods distributed. They have supported the evacuation of over 79,000 people from Energodar, Sumy, Kyiv region, Kharkiv, and Kherson region. Also, in addition to providing first aid, they are teaching people sheltering underground how to provide it themselves.


UK to provide vital food supplies to encircled Ukrainian cities

28 March 2022

The UK is set to provide £2 million in vital food supplies for areas of Ukraine encircled by Russian forces, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss confirmed. The announcement comes following a direct request from the government of Ukraine, with the UK funding a rapid donation of dried food, tinned goods, and water.


Humanitarian contribution of CEI to people of Ukraine

25 March 2022

In response to the extremely dire and worrying humanitarian emergency in Ukraine, a CEI Member State, the CEI has decided to provide support to the people, affected by the conflict in Ukraine, through a humanitarian contribution of 80,000 EUR to the International Committee of the Red Cross.


“A massive relief effort” CERF scales up humanitarian aid in Ukraine

25 March 2022

On 24 February 2022, CERF disbursed US$20 million to immediately scale up life-saving humanitarian aid and protection to civilians in Ukraine following the outbreak of hostilities. This first disbursement supported emergency operations along the contact line in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk and other areas of the country.


IOM launches cash assistance programme in Ukraine

24 March 2022

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is launching its broad cash-based program in Ukraine to support the most vulnerable families forced to flee their homes in regions affected by hostilities. With initial funding from the UN Central Emergency Fund (CERF), the European Union, Canada, Germany, and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM’s cash-based program will cover multiple regions in Ukraine in coordination with local authorities and other humanitarian actors.


Charities send trauma kits to Ukrainian civilians

23 March 2022

Christian Aid, the international development charity, has donated £1m for civilian first aid kits in Ukraine. The money comes from the DEC emergency appeal that has raised more than £200m so far. The funds have gone to Crown Agents’ emergency response in Ukraine. They are working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health on the ground to supply 10,000 trauma kits for civilians caught up in the fighting.


Dunamu contributes US$ 823,000 to WFP’s emergency aid in Ukraine

23 March 2022

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a KRW 1 billion (approximately US $ 823,000) contribution from Dunamu, a blockchain and fintech company in the Republic of Korea, towards its emergency operations in Ukraine. The donation will be used to provide food assistance and relief too, both, people affected by the conflict in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighboring countries.


Concern launches humanitarian response within Ukraine

23 March 2022

Concern Worldwide has launched a humanitarian operation within Ukraine to help those fleeing the conflict. Having completed assessments in the border countries of Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania, Concern’s Emergency Response Team will focus their activities inside Ukraine, where they believe the humanitarian needs are greatest.


CEB approves additional €2.6 million to urgently assist refugees from Ukraine

23 March 2022

As part of its immediate response to the war in Ukraine, the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has approved five additional grants worth almost €2.6 million to help its member states deal with the massive displacement of people from Ukraine.


The Norwegian Refugee Council is scaling up its efforts inside Ukraine

22 March 2022

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is now scaling up its efforts inside Ukraine and in neighboring countries to provide aid to tens of thousands of people forced to flee. Over the past three weeks, NRC has deployed additional emergency teams to Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and the Republic of Moldova. The situation for millions of people inside Ukraine is growing more desperate by the day. NRC is therefore organizing food, water, sanitation, shelters, and legal support.


UN’s first humanitarian aid convoy to conflict-affected eastern Ukraine arrives

21 March 2022

The United Nations and its partners in Ukraine completed the first convoy of urgent humanitarian aid to the city of Sumy in the northeast, one of the most war-affected areas of the country. The UN hopes this is the first of many shipments delivered to the people trapped by fighting. The 130 metric tons of essential aid includes medical supplies, bottled water, ready-to-eat meals, and canned food that will directly help some 35,000 people. In addition to these items, the convoy brought equipment to repair water systems to help 50,000 people.


Islamic Relief offers over $700,000 to support families affected by Ukraine crisis

21 March 2022

Islamic Relief has committed over $700,000 to help families affected by the dire situation in Ukraine. Interventions will provide people in Ukraine and refugees who have fled bordering Moldova with desperately-needed survival items such as food and hygiene kits.


Australia announces additional support to Ukraine

21 March 2022

The Morrison Government will expand its support to Ukraine and impose further punitive actions on Russia in response to its unrelenting and illegal aggression against Ukraine. These additional measures will help ensure Russia pays a high price for its blatant violation of the UN Charter and its disregard for international humanitarian law.


Immediate benefit support for those fleeing the invasion in Ukraine

21 March 2022

The Department for Work and Pensions is laying emergency regulations so those arriving in the UK from Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion can access Universal Credit and jobs support immediately. Ukrainians will also be eligible for Housing Benefit, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Child Disability Living Allowance and Carers Allowance, and Attendance Allowance. Contributions-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) are also available for those Ukrainians who meet the criteria.


UNICEF sends additional life-saving supplies for Ukraine response

19 March 2022

UNICEF has dispatched 85 trucks carrying 858 tons of emergency supplies to support children and families in war-torn Ukraine and neighboring countries. Out of this total, 78 trucks carrying over 780 tons were sent to Ukraine while the remaining 7 tracks were sent to nearby countries.


Ukraine crisis: NRC scaling up response with local partners

18 March 2022

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is now scaling up its efforts inside Ukraine and in neighboring countries to provide aid to tens of thousands of people forced to flee. Over the past three weeks, NRC has deployed additional emergency teams to Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, and Romania.


World Vision responds to Ukraine’s growing refugee crisis with dedicated play and learning spaces for children

17 March 2022

In response to the growing humanitarian need within Ukraine and in border countries, the international aid organization World Vision is setting up ‘Child-Friendly Spaces’ (CFS) to help meet the emotional needs of several hundred children impacted. The organization is establishing 15 CFSs in the region, in addition to three spaces currently being set up in the Romanian border areas of Husi, Iasi, and Siret. These Child-Friendly Spaces will be safe, welcoming areas for children who have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine due to the conflict, now in its 21st day.


ECW announces US$5 million first emergency response in Ukraine with urgent appeal for US$20 million in additional funding

16 March 2022

In response to the vast humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and its strategic partners announced a US$5 million catalytic grant that will step up the global education in emergencies response to a conflict that has impacted 5.7 million school-aged children and put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.


UN allocates $40 million from CERF for Ukraine

15 March 2022

As humanitarian needs escalate rapidly in Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, today allocated US$40 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to ramp up aid agencies’ efforts to reach the most vulnerable people.


Private sector donates over US$200 million to UNHCR’s Ukraine emergency response

15 March 2022

In just over two weeks, companies, foundations, and philanthropists have contributed over US$200 million towards UNHCR’s Ukraine emergency response. The private sector is demonstrating its generosity and solidarity through direct contributions, while also launching creative initiatives to help engage stakeholders such as employee giving schemes and match funding.


World Bank announces additional $200 million in financing for Ukraine

15 March 2022

The World Bank announced nearly $200 million in additional and reprogrammed financing to bolster Ukraine’s social services for vulnerable people. This comes on top of the $723 million mobilized for Ukraine and its people last week, of which $350 million has already been disbursed to Ukraine. This financing is part of the $3 billion packages of support that the World Bank Group previously announced it is preparing for Ukraine over the coming months.


World Vision delivers more aid into Ukraine as increased fighting fuels soaring humanitarian need

14 March 2022

Soaring humanitarian needs inside Ukraine have prompted World Vision to deliver its second shipment in a week of essential food and supplies to a hospital in the embattled nation.


EU disburses €300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

13 March 2022

The European Commission disbursed €300 million in emergency Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. The disbursement of funds has been fast-tracked to help enhance Ukraine’s macroeconomic stability in the context of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion.


UNHCR scales up for those displaced by war in Ukraine, deploys cash assistance

12 March 2022

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has significantly stepped up its assistance in Ukraine and the neighboring countries receiving refugees in response to acute humanitarian needs as the fighting intensifies.


UN and partners boost presence and aid supplies inside Ukraine

11 March 2022

UN and partners had reached more than 500,000 people with some form of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine so far, including life-saving food, shelter, blankets, and medical supplies.


The United States announces additional humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians

11 March 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris announced nearly $53 million in additional humanitarian assistance from the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support Ukrainians affected by Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine.


Additional UNICEF supplies on their way to Ukraine as number of child refugees exceeds 1 million mark

11 March 2022

So far, 6 trucks carrying nearly 70 tons of supplies have arrived in Ukraine. The supplies include personal protection equipment and medical, surgical, and obstetric kits. Working with partners, UNICEF teams in Ukraine will be delivering medical supplies to 22 hospitals in 5 different conflict-affected areas of Ukraine, to benefit 20,000 children and mothers.


Resource mobilization and humanitarian aid for Ukraine

10 March 2022

Government authorities, local partners, and NGOs have been mobilizing resources and asking for help to assist those people affected by the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. As the number of Ukrainians fleeing the war-stricken country has constantly been on the rise since the beginning of the conflict on 24 February, the amount of aid needed is expected to reach huge figures.


EBRD unveils €2 billion resilience package in response to the war on Ukraine

10 March 2022

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced an initial €2 billion resilience package of measures to help citizens, companies, and countries affected by the war on Ukraine. The Bank has also pledged to do all it can to help with the country’s reconstruction, once conditions allow. Funding will be made rapidly available to support Ukrainian companies– for example, with deferred loans, liquidity support, and trade finance. Where possible, businesses will be helped to relocate so their work can continue.


IOM assists nearly 100 third country nationals fleeing war in Ukraine to return home

10 March 2022

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has helped almost 100 third-country nationals (TCNs) from Tunisia, Ghana, and Lebanon, who fled the war in Ukraine, to voluntarily return safely to their countries of origin. Among them were 77 Tunisians forced to flee to Romania and Poland, three Lebanese nationals who had moved to Romania, and 17 Ghanaian students. Seven other students will leave for Ghana.


EU steps up solidarity with those fleeing war in Ukraine

09 March 2022

The Commission outlines the very substantial support the EU is making available to help people fleeing war in Ukraine, as well as the EU countries receiving them. In the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity in action is helping people through direct humanitarian aid, emergency civil protection assistance, support at the border, as well as a clear legal status allowing those fleeing the war to receive immediate protection in the EU.


Norwegian Refugee Council launches aid plan to support 800,000 people in need in Ukraine

09 March 2022

The Norwegian Refugee Council launches its humanitarian response plan for the next six-months, aiming to reach 800,000 people inside Ukraine and neighbouring countries.


EIB donation for Ukraine

08 March 2022

As part of the EIB Group’s support to Ukraine, the EIB Institute will coordinate a humanitarian aid donation of €2.5 million to help the people affected by the war in Ukraine. The donation comes on top of €668 million of financing approved last week as part of the EIB’s Ukraine Solidarity Package.


Switzerland steps up humanitarian aid for Ukraine

08 March 2022

The fourth consignment of relief supplies to meet people’s daily needs is departing from Switzerland by rail for Poland and the Ukrainian border. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has set up a hub for relief supplies in the Polish city of Lublin in order to coordinate its support for the Ukrainian population. The Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit has dispatched an additional rapid response team to Moldova. During this first phase of the relief operation, Swiss Humanitarian Aid’s support package is initially set at 8 million Swiss francs.


World Vision delivers food and supplies within Ukraine following urgent appeal from hospital

07 March 2022

International aid organization World Vision delivered much-needed food and medical supplies to a hospital in Ukraine, as the nation struggles to survive the current conflict. Having worked in Romania for over three decades, World Vision’s locally-led team of 350 Romanians has been able to launch a response into Ukraine since the onset of the conflict and entered the nation to deliver two van-loads of food and hospital supplies, to the 600-bed hospital which had issued an urgent plea for help to its sister town in Romania, Siret.


First shipment of UNICEF humanitarian aid arrives in Ukraine as conflict escalates

07 March 2022

The first batch of UNICEF humanitarian supplies has arrived in Lviv, western Ukraine, from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen. It is part of a six-truck convoy containing an estimated 62 tonnes of supplies on its way to the war-ravaged country.


WFP ramps up food operation for Ukraine and warns the world’s hungry cannot afford another conflict

07 March 2022

With reports coming in of severe shortages of food and water in Kyiv, the capital, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) teams are setting up operations and hubs in countries neighboring Ukraine. These will both facilitate the delivery of food assistance into the country and assist refugees coming over the borders.


UNHCR welcomes EU decision to offer temporary protection to refugees fleeing Ukraine

06 March 2022

The unprecedented decision by the European Union (EU) to offer Temporary Protection to Refugees fleeing Ukraine will provide immediate protection in the EU for Ukrainians and third-country nationals with refugee or permanent residence status in Ukraine.


Poland, Romania and Moldova report over 137,000 Ukrainian refugees in a single day

04 March 2022

More than 137,000 Ukrainians left their country for Poland, Romania, and the Republic of Moldova on March 3. Data offered by the authorities of the three countries suggest increased traffic on most of the border crossing points with war-torn Ukraine.

CARE response in Ukraine: Relief supplies have arrived in Lviv

04 March 2022

More than 870,000 people fleeing Ukraine to neighboring countries are in urgent need of assistance. People in Need, the partner organization of CARE Austria, provides them with food and hygiene items. The first trucks with food, diapers, and sleeping bags have arrived in Lviv. A cargo train with relief goods is on its way from Prague.

Update from the border of Moldova

03 March 2022

As many as 11,999 Ukrainians have entered Moldova in the last 12 hours, according to the country’s Border police info published on March 3. At the same time, 6,078 Ukrainian citizens exited the country heading to Romania. Out of the total 18,077 records of border-crossings in the last 12 hours, 6,061 were minors below the age of 14.

In just seven days one million refugees fled the warzone in Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, over 122,000 Ukrainians entered Moldova and over 65,000 exited the country, heading to Romania.


Emergency aid to war-affected Ukrainians

03 March 2022

Norwegian Church Aid has allocated NOK 1 million from its own disaster reserve as a start to help ensure vital emergency aid to war-affected Ukrainians together with the ACT Alliance. The organization has also begun a new fundraising campaign in Norway to support and further strengthen its response.


Commission proposes temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine and guidelines for border checks

03 March 2022

The Commission is proposing to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Under this proposal, those fleeing the war will be granted temporary protection in the EU, meaning that they will be given a residence permit, and they will have access to education and to the labor market.


UNDP response to Ukraine crisis to support people in Ukraine, neighboring host countries and refugees

02 March 2022

In Ukraine, UNDP will address the most urgent needs of the affected population, especially the internally displaced, by providing emergency support to livelihoods and basic service restoration, leveraging its longstanding engagement with local partners. UNDP will also strengthen its mine action response, in close partnership with the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and other relevant actors.


Switzerland sends humanitarian aid to Ukrainian population

02 March 2022

Switzerland is delivering around 25 tonnes of relief supplies to the Ukrainian population. Swiss Humanitarian Aid will transport urgently needed materials and medical supplies from the Armed Forces Pharmacy to Poland. The aid supplies are part of Switzerland’s overall support package worth around CHF 8 million.


UK pledges another £80 million in aid to help Ukraine deal with humanitarian crisis

02 March 2022

The UK is committing another £80 million in aid to Ukraine to save lives, protect vulnerable people inside the country and in the wider region, and tackle the growing humanitarian crisis. The funding brings the total UK humanitarian aid package for Ukraine to £120 million after £40 million was announced last weekend to help aid agencies respond to the deteriorating situation, creating a lifeline for Ukrainians with access to basic necessities and medical supplies.


CARE’s response in Ukraine: First deliveries from partner organization on the way

02 March 2022

The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is getting worse by the hour. People in Need, CARE Austria’s partner organization, is providing assistance as quickly as possible. The first trucks with relief supplies are already on their way to Ukraine. They are transporting durable food, hygiene items, diapers, sleeping bags, and mats.


UN seeks US$1.7 billion as humanitarian needs soar in Ukraine and neighbouring countries

02 March 2022

The United Nations and humanitarian partners launched coordinated emergency appeals for a combined US$1.7 billion to urgently deliver humanitarian support to people in Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries.


International Red Cross appeals for 250 million Swiss francs to assist people affected by Ukraine conflict

02 March 2022

With the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries deteriorating rapidly, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) fear that millions of people face extreme hardship and suffering without improved access and a rapid increase in humanitarian assistance. To respond to this sudden, massive need, the two organizations together are appealing for 250 million Swiss francs ($272 million).


IOM scales up response to Ukraine crisis and appeals for inclusive protection measures

02 March 2022

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is mobilizing teams and boosting capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of Ukrainians forced to flee the country, those internally displaced and stranded third-country nationals.


UNHCR mobilizing to aid forcibly displaced in Ukraine and neighbouring countries

02 March 2022

Around 660,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine to neighboring countries in the past six days, according to the latest government data compiled by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. At this rate, the situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, and UNHCR is mobilizing resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible.


Update from the border of Moldova

01 March 2022

Over 75,000 Ukrainian citizens have now crossed the border with Moldova since Russia attacked their country on February 24. On March 1st, the Moldovan border police reported that as many as 5,411 Ukrainians (of whom 3,300 were children below the age of 14) had crossed the border in the last 12 hours.


Red Cross providing life-saving assistance for hundreds of thousands displaced from Ukraine

01 March 2022

In recent days, the Ukrainian Red Cross has provided first aid training for more than 2,000 people sheltering in metro stations and bomb shelters so they can help treat family and friends in the event of injury. Its volunteers are helping to evacuate people with disabilities and emergency response teams are assisting firefighters, medical and civil protection teams – helping to save many lives. The National Society has already distributed its complete stock of 30,000 food and hygiene parcels for people on the move. Volunteers are also helping at reception centres set up in schools and coordinating with the Polish Red Cross to assist people at the border.


EU coordinating emergency assistance and steps up humanitarian aid in Ukraine

01 March 2022

The European Commission announces an additional €90 million for emergency aid programs to help civilians affected by the war in Ukraine, as part of an urgent aid appeal by the United Nations. The funding will help people inside Ukraine and in Moldova. This new EU humanitarian aid will provide food, water, health, shelter and help cover their basic needs.


Canada sending additional $25M military aid to support Ukraine

28 February 2022

The Government of Canada continues to take strong and decisive action in response to the Russian regime’s invasion of Ukraine. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, announced that Canada will be sending an additional $25M in military aid to support Ukraine in its efforts to retain sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence.


Islamic Relief gears up to respond to the escalating crisis in Ukraine

28 February 2022

Islamic Relief Worldwide is preparing to respond as the crisis in Ukraine escalates and humanitarian needs grow by the day. Hundreds of people are already reported to have been killed or wounded as heavy fighting and explosions spread deeper into towns and cities, leaving neighborhoods in ruins.


Ukraine crisis humanitarian need grows with children at heightened risk of trauma and exploitation

28 February 2022

International aid organization, World Vision, which has been present in Eastern Europe for decades, is scaling up its operation in response to refugees entering Romania from Ukraine and plans to provide psychological first aid for children who have been traumatized by this conflict, as well as basic relief supplies for refugees.


Administrator Samantha Power’s travel to Poland to support the Ukrainian people fleeing Russian violence

28 February 2022

In Poland, Administrator Power met with Witold Dzielski, Advisor to the President of Poland, to discuss joint efforts to respond to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. Administrator Power emphasized the partnership between the United States and Poland in meeting the needs of the increasing flow of Ukrainians across the border.


Minister Liesje Schreinemacher has made €20 million available for the victims of the war in Ukraine

28 February 2022

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher has made €20 million available for the victims of the war in Ukraine. The funds are to be used for food, water, and medical care for people fleeing their homes. Large flows of refugees are making their way from Ukraine to Poland and other neighboring states.


IRC calls for adherence to international humanitarian law as civilians are killed and infrastructure is destroyed in Ukraine

28 February 2022

In Poland, which is preparing to receive up to 1 million refugees, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is working to scale up support to the government and civil society and to provide for the basic needs of people fleeing the conflict. The IRC has connected with partners to establish a response that will provide critical support to civilians forced to flee their homes.


The United States announces additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

28 February 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State, is providing nearly $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified further invasion of Ukraine, which is expected to trigger increased needs.


CARE International provides emergency assistance funding to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

27 February 2022

CARE International will work with People in Need to distribute urgently needed emergency supplies such as food, water, hygiene kits, and cash to cover daily needs. ‘People in Need’ will provide an experienced partner to support the people in Ukraine as best as possible.


Almost 16,000 Ukrainians flee to Moldova within 24 hours after Russia’s military attacks

25 February 2022

As many as 15,816 Ukrainian citizens have crossed the border with Moldova over the last 24 hours in an attempt to escape the military conflict unleashed following Russia’s attacks. Only a minor number of these have so far requested asylum and refugee status, according to the Moldovan Interior Ministry.


UN allocates $20M from CERF to humanitarian response in Ukraine

25 February 2022

The United Nations allocated US$20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to immediately scale up life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to civilians in Ukraine following the recent increase in hostilities.


ECW calls for the protection of children in the face of the escalating crisis in Ukraine

25 February 2022

ECW calls for strict adherence to International Humanitarian Law for civilians to be protected from harm. In particular, students, schools, and education personnel must be protected from attacks, and education facilities must be protected from military use, in line with the Safe Schools Declaration.


USAID deploys a disaster assistance response team to respond to humanitarian needs in Ukraine

25 February 2022

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to growing humanitarian needs stemming from Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified further invasion of Ukraine.


As Russia invades Ukraine and civilians desperately seek safety, IRC prepares for the worst and calls for the protection of civilians

25 February 2022

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As the bombs and shelling have continued to escalate throughout the day, people are fleeing their homes and desperately seeking safety. The IRC strongly supports the UN Secretary General’s call for the protection of civilians and adherence to international humanitarian law to avert what would be the worst humanitarian crisis Europe has seen in decades.


Children’s lives and wellbeing at risk in Ukraine

25 February 2022

Plan International is deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine which is putting the lives and wellbeing of children at risk. The organization urges all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, and ensure the protection of children from harm. At no time, must any parties attack the facilities that children need such as health services, schools, water, and the vital supplies of power that are needed to keep children warm.


An escalation of the conflict in Ukraine will increase already high humanitarian needs

23 February 2022

With tensions rising around the situation in Ukraine, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) warns that a further escalation of the crisis will deteriorate an already dire situation for the Ukrainian population, suffering from eight years of conflict. DRC, therefore, calls for urgent de-escalation and resolution of the situation.