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A man walks in front of a destroyed building after a Russian missile attack near Kyiv.
A man walks in front of a destroyed building after a Russian missile attack near Kyiv. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to coordinate U.S. response efforts following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
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Key Developments

Russian forces continue to attack schools and health facilities in Ukraine. More than 210 attacks on health facilities from February 24 to May 11 have restricted access to health care and contributed to at least 3,000 deaths among individuals with chronic illnesses unable to seek treatment, the World Health Organization reports.

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross evacuated approximately 600 civilians from Mariupol and surrounding areas from May 1 to 8.

An assessment by USAID partner the World Food Program finds that one-third of households in Ukraine are food-insecure due to diminished access to cash and livelihood activities.

Members of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team accompanied U.S. First Lady Jill Biden on her visit to Ukraine to meet with U.S. government partners.

Background

The Government of the Russian Federation commenced widespread attacks against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, after months of gathering hundreds of thousands of military forces and heavy weaponry near its border with Ukraine.

On February 24, USAID announced the activation of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. Government humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine, with staff in Rzeszów, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; Chișinău, Moldova; and Bratislava, Slovakia. To support the DART, USAID activated a Response Management Team (RMT) in Washington, D.C.

Since March 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused large-scale population displacement and widespread damage to infrastructure. The heaviest fighting has occurred in the easternmost oblasts bordering Russia, particularly Donetsk and Luhansk; however, the large influx of IDPs has also affected neighboring oblasts. The Government of Ukraine estimated that the ongoing conflict had internally displaced approximately 1.4 million people as of October 2020. In addition, the UN estimates that 2.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine will require humanitarian assistance in 2022.

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Last updated: May 16, 2022

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