Ukraine Emergency

Over 7 million people have now fled to neighbouring countries.

UNHCR is on the ground delivering aid to families who have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict in Ukraine. Over 7 million refugees have fled Ukraine as of as of September 2nd to neighbouring countries.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Chris Melzer

The situation in Ukraine is evolving and volatile. UNHCR is on the ground providing assistance for refugees and internally displaced people including:

Essential items

blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, buckets, and soap

Emergency shelter

For protection


Cash Assistance

help displaced people meet a variety of needs, including access to food, water, healthcare and shelter.

What is happening in Ukraine?

Renewed tensions escalated on 24 February 2022, forcing hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine to flee their homes.

The situation in Ukraine is developing rapidly and we are now seeing the fastest growing level of displacement in Europe since World War II. Families are fleeing their homes, seeking safety in surrounding countries such as Poland and Moldova, as well as sheltering within Ukraine.

The numbers are dramatic. 7 million people have now fled Ukraine to other countries. 15 million people are predicted to need relief and protection.

UNHCR has been working in Ukraine since 1994 – and running an emergency operation since the start of the crisis in 2014 – providing critical relief items and shelter to people forced to flee. In this current crisis we are working alongside local authorities, partners and community organizations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to scale up our assistance as needed. Three million people were already facing humanitarian need in Ukraine, before this crisis erupted, including 850,000 internally displaced Ukrainians and 5,000 refugees from other countries.

What is UNHCR doing?

UNHCR, is working with the authorities, other UN agencies, IDP community groups and partners to provide humanitarian assistance wherever possible. Core relief items such as mattresses, blankets, plastic sheets, containers for water, cooking utensils and hygiene kits are being distributed. Emergency shelter kits are being provided to help protect homes in need of repair. Cash assistance is also being provided to support in providing shelter to those who need it the most.

How can I help people in Ukraine?

One way to help people fleeing their homes in Ukraine to give is through our secure online donation form. You can give monthly or one-time on behalf of an individual or a corporation. Your donation will help refugees and internally displaced people who need it most – our donors make our work possible. All contributions to the UNHCR are 100% tax-deductible.

You can also fundraise on behalf of UNHCR, donate stocks or if you are a corporation, consider a gift-in-kind or an employee giving campaign. Please contact with any enquiries you may have.

Where can I access the latest data and reports?

The situation in Ukraine is constantly changing and evolving and these reports are subject to change over time. Return here for more updates as we gain more information on the events in Ukraine.

UNHCR Ukraine Operations—for the latest on UNHCR’s relief work in Ukraine

For more information on the current press releases and statements: 

Latest statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi – 8 March 2022

Latest statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi – 3 March 2022

Latest statement to the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi – 28 Feb 2022

Latest statement on the situation by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi – 24 Feb 2022

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Roadway with boxes of donated items like shoes and jackets laid on the ground for refugees.

I have worked in refugee crises for almost 40 years and I have rarely seen such an incredibly fast-rising exodus of people.” – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Photo: ©UNHCR/Chris Melzer


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