General information on UNHCR Ukraine’s activities:
On Ukraine refugee situation materials please visit Operational Data Portal.
This weekly two-page update provides an overview of UNHCR and its NGO partners operational response activities since 24 February 2022. Read previous updates: 16 May 2022, 9 May 2022, 2 May 2022, 25 April 2022, 18 April 2022, 11 April 2022, 4 April 2022, 27 March 2022.
This monthly update is a summary of humanitarian and protection activities that UNHCR and its NGO partners delivered during the month.
- This one-pager provides a summary of UNHCR Ukraine latest information products and useful links to the key policy documents, thematic fact sheets and UNHCR-led Clusters reports.
- The UNHCR Country Fact Sheet is a two-page document that contains general information on UNHCR’s protection and humanitarian activities in Ukraine, including information on its partners, persons of concern, funding overview, among others.
- The UNHCR Operational Update is published on a monthly basis and reads like a “newsletter”. It informs the reader about the protection and humanitarian activities that UNHCR and its NGO partners have implemented during that respective month. If you are interested to see Operational Updates for the previous periods, please find them, by clicking the month: November 2021, October 2021, September 2021, August 2021, June to July 2021, February 2021, January 2021, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, June 2020, May 2020, April 2020, March 2020, February 2020, January 2020, December 2019, November 2019, October 2019, September 2019, August 2019, July 2019, June 2019, May 2019, April 2019, March 2019, February 2019, January 2019.
- In early 2020, UNHCR shared with the Ukrainian authorities a first set of comments on the Draft Law of Ukraine on Granting Protection to Foreigners and Stateless Persons (hereafter the Draft Law). On 22 April 2020, UNHCR received from the State Migration Service (SMS) a new version of the Draft Law, in relation to which UNHCR is providing the below additional observations and comments. The comments previously shared by UNHCR remain valid where the new version of the Draft Law received from the SMS does not incorporate the recommended changes to the provisions that were then reviewed. Improvements that had been introduced in the previous version of the Draft Law, with some of them highlighted by UNHCR in its comments, have regrettably been removed from the new version of the Draft Law. While UNHCR noted that the previous version of the Draft Law was generally in line with international refugee law and standards, even though further improvements of some of the provisions were needed, this is not the case anymore with the new version of the Draft Law. See note for more info.
- Recommendations of the Cities of Solidarity Forum, which took place on 3 October 2019 in Kharkiv
- Socio-economic analysis of the profiles of refugees and asylum-seekers of working age, registered with UNHCR as of June 2019.
- Through extensive consultations with partners in 2017, UNHCR developed a Multi-Year, Multi-Partner Protection and Solutions Strategy for Ukraine. The strategy sets out UNHCR’s plan for engagement in Ukraine for a period of five years (2018-2022).
- After the first year of the MYMP in Ukraine, this report presents the achievements of the first year of implementation of the strategy in Ukraine (2018) as well as presents the way forward for each of the MYMP’s Strategic Objective.
- This report is based on the Participatory Assessment conducted by UNHCR Ukraine with refugees, asylum seekers, persons with complementary protection, stateless persons, persons at risk of statelessness, internally displaced and conflict-affected persons in Ukraine between February and March 2019.
- This thematic fact sheet explores UNHCR Ukraine’s protection activities in favour of refugees and asylum-seekers.
- This thematic fact sheet explores UNHCR Ukraine’s protection activities in favour of persons at risk of statelessness. If you are interested to see Statelessness Updates for the previous periods, please find them here: September 2019
- This thematic fact sheet explores UNHCR Ukraine’s activities in favour of children and youth among its persons of concern.
COVID-19 in Ukraine and UNHCR’s response
- COVID-19 Flash Reports: 17 March 2020, 19 March 2020, 25 March 2020, 30 March 2020, 10 April 2020, 17 April 2020 , 1 May 2020, 8 May 2020, 11 June 2020, 6 July 2020
- COVID-19 Protection Monitoring Reports of settlements along the contact line: 31 March 2020, 10 April 2020, 28 April 2020, 19 May 2020
- This document has been prepared to answer the most frequent questions that arise among internally displaced persons regarding quarantine measures and their impact. The answers are based on the legislative and normative measures adopted by the Government, separate ministries and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
In support of advocacy efforts:
- The UNHCR Ukraine Legislative Update is published on a monthly basis and contains UNHCR’s legal analysis of laws and governmental policies that affects refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless, internally displaced and conflict-affected persons in Ukraine. Legislative Updates for previous months: October 2021, September 2021, August 2021, July 2021, June 2021, May 2021, April 2021, March 2021, February 2021, January 2021, December 2020, November 2020, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, May-June 2020, April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 Please note that you can also search for Legislative Updates of previous months on the UNHCR online database Refworld.
- This summary provides an overview of nine focus-group discussions with internally displaced persons in central, southern and western Ukraine conducted by UNHCR and its NGO partners in August 2020.
- This report provides the results of the survey conducted at two operational Entry-Exit Checkpoints (EECPs) with
the non-government-controlled area (NGCA) and two International Border Crossings (IBCPs) in the first half of 2021.
- The UNHCR Ukraine Briefing Note provides an overview of barriers in obtaining and renewing identity documents for IDPs and conflict-affected persons and contains recommendations on simplifying the procedure.
- The UNHCR Ukraine Key Messages contains a selection of our main advocacy messages for human rights duty bearers in Ukraine.
- The UNHCR Ukraine Advocacy Messages on Asylum contains our main messages for Ukrainian authorities to ensure rightful access to asylum.
- This note highlights the key protection concerns and needs of conflict-affected older women and men and older people with disabilities, as well as opportunities for humanitarian, development and government actors to enhance their protection.
- This is a joint United Nations briefing note to support advocacy in favour of access to pensions for IDPs and persons living in non-government controlled areas.
- This is a joint United Nations briefing note to support advocacy in favour of freedom of movement for civilians who cross the ‘contact line’ in eastern Ukraine.
- This is a joint United Nations briefing note to support advocacy in favour of facilitating birth registration of children born in non-government controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.
- This is a joint United Nations briefing note to support advocacy in favour of finding long-term solutions for IDPs and ensuring their inclusion in all areas of life.
- Prepared by the Protection Cluster, this document provides practical guidance on how peacebuilding and reconciliation can be operationalized in humanitarian response, including examples from other contexts, as well as key recommendations.
- Prepared by the Protection Cluster, this document provides guidance for humanitarian and development actors on how to address protection risks and socio-economic vulnerabilities in their work, and highlights aspects to consider in operations to ensure a protection focused response in Ukraine.
- Prepared by the Protection Cluster, this document supports advocacy efforts in favour of adopting mine action legislation in Ukraine that will facilitate the process of demining.
- Prepared by the Protection Cluster, this document supports advocacy efforts in favour of internally displaced persons’ access to their voting rights in Ukraine.
- Prepared by the Protection Cluster, this document provides guidance for humanitarian and development actors on how to address protection risks and socio-economic vulnerabilities in their work.
Thematic information on UNHCR Ukraine’s activities
- Since 2017 UNHCR in Ukraine has been supporting internally displaced and conflict-affected persons in eastern Ukraine through its Individual Protection Assistance Program (IPA) by utilizing cash as a modality on the Government-controlled side (GCA). In Ukraine, cash and in-kind assistance has been considered by aid recipients as being a more dignified method of providing humanitarian assistance. It also supports displaced and conflict-affected persons in finding longer-term solutions. Since 2017, 9,575 persons with specific needs have received ‘cash for protection’, including 2,116 beneficiaries in 2019. This report presents the results of a PDM conducted by UNHCR’s NGO partner Donbas SOS through phone interviews and explains the protection impact of this activity in 2019.
- UNHCR Ukraine has been providing legal assistance to internally displaced persons and other conflict-affected people as early as 2014. Legal assistance is an essential intervention since it provides the basis for accessing national protection systems and the evidence base for advocacy, including through judicial interventions. This is the first time that UNHCR Ukraine undertakes a PDM of its legal assistance Programme. It is considered as a pilot exercise, which could be expanded in 2020 to legal assistance provided to asylum-seekers and refugees and persons under UNHCR statelessness mandate.
- UNHCR has been working in Ukraine since 1994 and has been supporting different Ukrainian government partners in improving the protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless, internally displaced and conflict affected-persons in Ukraine. This document explores UNHCR’s partnerships with its main government partners.
- UNHCR supports the entry-exit checkpoints (EECPs) along the government-controlled side of the ‘contact line’ in order to ease the freedom of movement and improve the conditions for people who cross. This document explains the support that UNHCR has provided at the EECPs.
- As part of its wider protection response, UNHCR provides Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) to the most vulnerable among the displaced and other conflict-affected persons in eastern Ukraine. This document explains how we select beneficiaries as well as the protection impacts of this activity in 2019.
- This document presents the protection impacts of UNHCR’s Individual Protection Assistance in-kind provided by UNHCR and its NGO partners to internally displaced and conflict-affected persons in eastern Ukraine in 2019 as part of UNHCR’s Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) programme.
- Depending on available funding and needs, UNHCR provides winterization assistance in eastern Ukraine on both sides of the ‘contact line’. This document shares the achievements of UNHCR’s recent winterization programme in east Ukraine.
- During 2017, UNHCR implemented 24 GIZ-funded Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) in the government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. The projects were funded under the auspices of GIZ’s initiative strengthening social infrastructure for the absorption of internally displaced persons.
- UNHCR Ukraine supported 86 communities to establish sustainable Community Centres in an effort to promote the protection and durable solutions for internally displaced persons from 2015 to 2017. This report contains a review of these Community Centres and compiles good practices, lessons learned and recommendations for UNHCR’s future engagement in sustainable Community Centre programmes in Ukraine.
Maps and Dashboards:
UNHCR and NGO Proliska ‘Protection Monitoring in Selected Settlements along the Contact Line in Eastern Ukraine’ Reports:
UNHCR and NGO The Right to Protection (R2P) ‘Crossing the Contact Line’ Monitoring Reports:
If you are interested to see monitoring reports for the previous periods, please find them, by selecting the month or the period: December 2021, November 2021, October 2021, September 2021, August 2021, July 2021, Mid-Year Report January-June 2021, May 2021, April 2021, March 2021, February 2021, January 2021, December 2020, November 2020, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, Mid-Year Report January-June 2020, April 2020, March 2020, February 2020, January 2020, Annual Report 2019, November 2019, October 2019, August 2019, July 2019, January-June 2019, May 2019, April 2019, January-March 2019, February 2019, January 2019, February-December 2018, January-June 2018, November 2018, October 2018, September 2018, August 2018, July 2018.
Humanitarian-Development Nexus Activities:
Protection Cluster Documents:
- The Protection Cluster Fact Sheet is a two-page document that contains general information on recent protection information collected by Protection Cluster Partners in Ukraine. Please note that you can search for Protection Cluster Fact Sheets from previous months on the Humanitarian Response Portal for the Protection Cluster in Ukraine.
- This document presents an overview of key protection concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine measures in eastern Ukraine.
- The Protection Cluster Advocacy Note outlines key protection concerns for people living along the contact line, which include restrictions on freedom of movement, mine contamination, lack of access to services, housing, land and property rights and provides recommendations for authorities, humanitarian and development actors
- Please find attached the report of the Global Protection Cluster Thematic Roundtable on Internal Displacement in Peace Agreements and Peace Processes, that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2018.
Assessments, surveys and analysis:
Free legal aid to refugees and persons in need of subsidiary or temporary protection (also available in Arabic, Farsi and Russian)
- This is a brochure pegged to three interrelated jubilees related to the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR, particularly the quarter of a century it has been active in Ukraine. In December 2020, UNHCR marked the 25th anniversary of the formal opening of its office in Ukraine. And this jubilee coincided with the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 14 December 1950, and the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations in 1945. The brochure employs a chronological narrative, adding thematic boxes, photos and infographics.