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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

The Government of the Russian Federation's attacks on civilian power and water infrastructure in Ukraine have resulted in widespread power outages and isolated flooding in recent days; continued attacks on infrastructure are likely to exacerbate humanitarian needs during the coming winter season.

Partners with USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance and State Department's Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration are mobilizing to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable populations in recently liberated areas of northeastern Ukraine.

The Russian government's full-scale invasion of Ukraine continues to result in widespread deaths and injury to civilian populations; the UN has recorded at least 14,000 civilian casualties since the start of the invasion.

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: September 19, 2022

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