The war against Ukraine in February 2022 triggered one of the fastest-growing humanitarian and displacement emergencies in recent history. Within weeks, millions—over one quarter of the population—had fled their homes to seek refuge abroad or in parts of Ukraine further from the violence.
The humanitarian situation remains dire as populations in Ukraine face death and injury due to indiscriminate attacks and unexploded ordinance, and multi-sectoral needs brought on by destruction of housing, displacement, disrupted or overstretched public services, as well as reduced opportunities for employment.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been working in Ukraine since 1994. In light of the emergency, UNHCR has scaled up its presence and operation as part of the inter-agency emergency response and complements the Government-led response with protection services, shelter assistance, cash assistance and distributions of essential items. The priority is to reach the most vulnerable where humanitarian access is possible, while also laying the groundwork for sustainable and durable solutions, working closely in coordination with state and local authorities, community-based actors and partners.