Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

A resident of Donetsk, Ukraine, removes debris inside his house in October 2021. Locals said the house was damaged during shelling by pro-Russian separatist forces. (© Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)
A resident of Donetsk, Ukraine, removes debris inside his house in October 2021. Locals said the house was damaged during shelling by pro-Russian separatist forces. (© Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs.

The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014.

Thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine, seized Crimea, and instigated conflict in the Donbas region.

  • More than 14,000 people have been killed.
  • Nearly 3 million Ukrainians, including a million elderly people and half a million children, urgently need food, shelter, and other life-saving assistance.
  • An estimated 1.8 million people in eastern Ukraine require humanitarian assistance.

Many residents in Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, known as the Donbas region, had to leave their homes after Russian forces invaded.

(State Dept./M. Gregory)

The United States is working with the United Nations and other humanitarian international organizations to help conflict-affected communities rebuild infrastructure, including health centers, water supplies, sanitation facilities and post offices that were damaged by bombings.

Since 2014 the United States has provided more than $351 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the conflict.