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.
Russia’s plan to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine would be an illegal move, a violation of international law, and should be condemned, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, warning of a “dangerous escalation” in the seven-month war.
The UN and its humanitarian partners are stepping up efforts to assist more than 150,000 people who have been impacted by fighting across the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, where Government forces recently announced they had regained full control after months of Russian occupation.
With the war in Ukraine showing no signs of letting up, countries must increase efforts to prevent further escalation and end the fighting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Foreign Ministers meeting in the Security Council on Thursday.