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A resilient, democratic and united Ukraine that overcomes Russia's aggression


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN UKRAINE

Russia's unprovoked and unjustified full-scale invasion of Ukraine threatens the sovereignty of a democratic partner and has profoundly altered core transatlantic security principles. Since 2014, OTI has worked in Ukraine to strengthen national unity and build support for Ukraine's reforms and Euro-Atlantic trajectory. Following the invasion, OTI expanded its Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI) III to augment the U.S. response. UCBI III is a flexible, rapid-response mechanism designed to help Ukraine’s citizens, civil society, and government authorities address the impacts of Russia's war and maintain unity around a democratic and sovereign Ukraine.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN UKRAINE

OTI works with Ukrainian civil society, government, media, and other partners to respond to Russia's full-scale invasion and strengthen the country’s resilience and democratic unity, along four main lines of effort: 

  • Enable Ukrainian voices to build support for Ukraine’s unity, democracy, and independence;

  • Enable government and civil society in key areas to rapidly respond to critical priorities caused by the war;

  • Mobilize Ukrainians around shared values that maintain unity to shape the country’s future; and

  • Contribute to nascent efforts for national healing and addressing atrocities.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • OTI helps local governments in areas affected by the invasion to respond to its impacts and continue access to essential services. For example, OTI provided back-up equipment for continuity of communications and operations to local governments in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhya. In the northern city of Sumy, OTI-provided generators ensured that the local government maintained its water supply after power was cut.

  • OTI helped establish a network of volunteer-run reception centers for internally displaced people (IDPs) in strategic locations such as Zaporizhzhya, Dnipro, Vinnytsya, Zakarpattya, and Lviv. Since the start of the war, this network has provided caring and dignified support to over 150,000 IDPs, demonstrating Ukrainian unity and resolve. 

  • OTI has provided protective equipment and essential communications equipment to enable local and international journalists to continue their essential reporting on the war. OTI helped establish two press centers that have accredited over 1,700 international journalists and have enabled ten Ukrainian media organizations to continue their work, reaching monthly audiences of approximately five million.

  • OTI supported documentary filmmakers to collect over 60 hours of footage and interviews, and more than 1,000 photographs, from places like Bucha, Irpin, and Kharkiv. This evidence will be developed into media content in the immediate term and eventually be incorporated into longer documentaries about the war, as well as formal legal processes and future accountability mechanisms.

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Last updated: June 02, 2022

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