USAID Response in Ukraine

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USAID Response in Ukraine

The U.S. Government’s partnership with the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring, and USAID remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people in this current crisis. We have worked closely with Ukraine, our European allies, and humanitarian assistance partners to prepare for the emergency that this war has caused and meet immediate and growing humanitarian needs. 

USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team—our nation’s finest humanitarian responders—to the region to support the Ukrainian people as they flee Russia’s aggression and to rapidly address critical needs that arise due to ongoing conflict. We have already responded to a range of needs in the lead-up to the invasion, from energy security to countering disinformation to cybersecurity support as Russia attempts to disrupt critical infrastructure and communications. We will continue to assess and ramp up access to primary and trauma medical care, food, and clean water. USAID is also working closely with the U.S. State Department to support Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

Last updated: April 12, 2022

March 18, 2022

On March 21, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman will travel to Brussels, Belgium to meet with European Union and Belgian officials and participate in the European Union Humanitarian Forum. She will be joined by Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. Together, they will highlight the U.S. Government’s leading role in response to global humanitarian needs, including coordinated efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

March 17, 2022

Today, Administrator Power spoke with United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley about the response to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine.

March 15, 2022

One thing to bear in mind, is we all think back to remember 2015, 2016. The flow of Syians and Afghans into Europe. That was 2.5 million people over two years. We are now seeing 2.8 million people over two weeks, effectively. A little more than two weeks. And what stood out for me is the same thing that I’m sure that is standing out for Nora, which is women and children, just disproportionately. You see almost no men, and then again, the pace of flow. The other thing that stands out, which we don’t always see in response to refugee crises, is the open hearts and open doors. Even on Twitter, I saw something this morning where a journalist was saying, “does anybody have room for a family of four, a woman and three kids?” And 50 responses with addresses and so forth. You’re just seeing that all around the world and all around Europe.

March 15, 2022

It's fairly straightforward, and it is very clear and you see in city after city, that the tactics that the Russian Federation are employing are consistent. They are denying food, medicine, water into civilian areas, and they are shelling residential buildings, maternity hospitals, more than 31 medical facilities that have been verified probably more once there's more access. Granted, so it is as dark as anything I've seen in my life, in my career.

March 14, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Administrator Power and Ambassador Sandhu discussed the latest developments in Ukraine, the urgent need for a ceasefire, and efforts to support the people of Ukraine in the wake of Russia's unprovoked invasion. Administrator Power thanked the Ambassador for India's commitment to providing humanitarian assistance, and expressed the United States’ concern for the welfare of Indian nationals who have been evacuated from Ukraine during the course of the war. Administrator Power and Ambassador Sandhu also discussed responding to the global threats posed by Russia’s war in Ukraine, including to food and energy security.