A Devastating Crisis in Ukraine

A devastating conflict and humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Ukraine and in the surrounding region, costing and threatening lives and livelihoods, driving families apart, and causing mass displacement. Our teams are on the ground in Ukraine, Romania and Poland, providing funding to local organisations and working to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs.

10 million people are displaced - nearly a quarter of the population - and 4 million people have already fled Ukraine since February 24, making this the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Half of those who have fled the country are children.

We are currently funding local organisations that know their community needs best and are already working quickly to provide assistance to refugees and Ukrainians inside the country. Local organisations we’re supporting are distributing items like medical supplies and food staples, including into eastern Ukraine, and supporting marginalised groups like third-country nationals crossing into neighbouring countries.

At the Romanian border with Ukraine, refugees are arriving every day. The vast majority are women and children. Mercy Corps team members have seen women arriving with small children, dropping them off with relatives, and turning back into Ukraine to bring other family members.

As our response gets underway, we are providing emergency cash assistance and connecting people on the move with information, such as where to access basic services, information on safe routes, and legal rights.