The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes — sometimes with little more than the clothes on their backs. Others remain trapped in besieged areas without access to food, water, or essential services. As the crisis unfolds, this page will share updates on how the United Nations is helping in Ukraine.
Right now, the UN is stepping up to deliver lifesaving aid to those in need by providing emergency food, water, shelter, and medical care to the most vulnerable, including women, children, and the elderly.
Amid the ongoing destruction, humanitarian needs continue to rise — but resources are falling short. Help the UN provide assistance as people continue to seek shelter and safety in Ukraine and across the region.
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The UN is delivering emergency aid and assistance to people across Ukraine and neighboring areas — particularly women, children, elderly people, and those with disabilities. The UN has more than 1,400 UN personnel on the ground across all 24 oblasts in Ukraine.
See what UN agencies are doing to help the people of Ukraine as the conflict continues — and donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to show your support.
Fighting in Ukraine has destroyed hospitals and disrupted access to healthcare, putting girls and women at grave risk. UNFPA is deploying trained personnel, mobile clinics, hygiene supplies, and emergency reproductive health kits to protect the lives of mothers and their babies. The agency is also providing specialized spaces and services for survivors of gender-based violence. Learn more.
In response to the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, UNHCR is delivering core relief items — such as emergency shelters, thermal blankets, and sleeping mats — as well as providing specialist protection services for children traveling alone and people with disabilities. Learn more.
The World Health Organization has opened an operations hub in Rzeszów, Poland, deploying emergency medical teams and supplies across the border. The agency has also developed a pipeline of trauma kits to most Ukrainian cities, each of which contains enough surgical equipment and antiseptics to save the lives of 150 wounded people. Learn more.
In Ukraine, the country’s farmers and smallholders urgently need more support to avoid a food crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday, as it announced a $15.5 million initiative to help them.
The New Year holiday period witnessed a fresh surge of deadly attacks by Russian forces in Ukraine, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists on Tuesday.
As temperatures across Ukraine have plummeted below zero and are expected to drop even more, the UN migration agency is stepping up efforts to help displaced and war-affected people cope with the cold weather.