Ukraine emergency

UNHCR has declared Ukraine a Level 3 emergency – the highest level we have.

In light of the rapidly evolving humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, UNHCR is working with authorities, UN agencies, internally displaced community groups and partners to provide humanitarian assistance wherever we can.

We are on the ground in Ukraine, and we will stay and deliver for those who need us for as long as we can.

Over 8.1 million

Refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe

Over 4.76 million

People have now been reached with assistance to date

More than 5.3 million

People estimated to be internally displaced in Ukraine

Last updated 2 March 2023 – Visit the Data Portal for more statistics

The devastating war in Ukraine continues to ravage millions of lives. How will the 13 million people who left everything behind survive freezing temperatures?



  • After the missile strike in Dnipro on 14 January, UNHCR and partner Proliska provided over 1,600 essential non-food items to the 520 people assisted. UNHCR also handed out 225 sheets of tarpaulin and transported 53 survivors to temporary accommodations in collective sites. Proliska’s team of psychologists assisted over 90 survivors with first psychological aid.
  • Despite the announced ceasefire of 36 hours on 6-7 January on the occasion of the Orthodox Christmas, fighting continued along the frontlines and attacks on residential areas continued.
  • Mine incidents have increasingly been reported in Kharkivska, Khersonska, and Mykolaivska oblasts.


  • In 2022, UNHCR and partners supported 4 million people with protection, emergency shelter and housing, essential items, and cash assistance in Ukraine.
  • UNHCR winterization response has reached nearly 1.4 million people, exceeding the target of 919,300 people by 150 per cent. This includes people assisted with winter cash, NFIs and shelter support, by the end of 2022.
  • In response to the large-scale destruction of the energy infrastructure, generators for heating points remain a priority for oblast authorities, and distribution has been ongoing. UNHCR has so far distributed 81 generators to 19 oblast authorities for locations such as heating points and medical facilities.
  • In support to the efforts by local communities to repair homes, UNHCR has so far helped repair over 2,710 houses where close to 8,140 people live. For those unable to return home, UNHCR has worked with local authorities to refurbish over 7,750 sleeping spaces in collective sites.
  • Over 1.1 million people were reached with protection activities, such as counselling, psychosocial support, referrals and community centres. A network of 300 trained outreach facilitators has been supporting people and isolated communities in need.
  • 493,908 people have received assistance through 605 humanitarian convoys delivered to hard-hit areas.

As the number of refugees from Ukraine is rapidly increasing, we call for the support of the international community to ensure protection and assistance reach the most vulnerable population in their dire need. Please donate what you can.


What is happening in Ukraine?

An escalation of the situation and military offensive in February 2022 has turned an already volatile situation into a full-scale emergency.  This is one of the largest human displacement crises in the world today. Within Ukraine, nearly 6 million people remain displaced by the war.

🔵 For latest data, please visit our Data Portal

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been working in Ukraine since 1994, alongside local authorities, partners and community organizations to deliver protection and humanitarian assistance to people in need and remains on the ground to help now.


What is UNHCR doing to help?

We have stockpiles of aid, cash and other means to help people forced to flee and provided that humanitarian access and safety is granted, our staff are ready to deliver. More core relief items such as blankets, sleeping mats and emergency shelters are on their way and we are ready to provide cash assistance so that displaced people can purchase necessary items such as food and medicine. We are also scaling up our specialist protection services to identify people in need of particular assistance, such as children travelling alone and people with disabilities.

We have reinforced our operations in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, sending more resources, staff and stockpiles. We are working with the authorities in countries that are welcoming refugees from Ukraine and stand ready to support reception facilities and reinforce additional capacity and supplies to find solutions for those forced to flee.

We remain firmly committed to protect and help all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region — but we need urgent support to scale up our response.


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