On February 24, the Kremlin launched an unprovoked and unjustified full-scale invasion of Ukraine, causing a severe escalation of humanitarian needs and large-scale displacement. USAID quickly deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the region to support the Ukrainian people fleeing Russia’s aggression and to rapidly address critical humanitarian needs.
In March, the White House announced that the United States is prepared to provide more than $1 billion in new funding toward humanitarian assistance for those affected by Putin’s war in Ukraine and its severe impacts. This funding will continue to provide food, shelter, clean water, medical supplies, and other forms of assistance. USAID is also working closely with the U.S. State Department to support Ukrainians seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
The reverberating effects of Putin’s war continue to have particularly dramatic and devastating impacts on developing countries. The war has upended the global economy, wreaked havoc on food and fuel prices, and threatens global food security and nutrition among other commodities.
The United States is committed to supporting people in need of humanitarian assistance caused by Putin’s war. As the situation continues to evolve, USAID, alongside our partners, will continue to scale up our response to meet immediate needs and invest in longer term systems-level response.