Saturday, July 9, 2022
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, is providing nearly $368 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support people affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has pushed nearly 12 million people from their homes. With this additional support, the United States has provided over $1.28 billion in humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of people in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighboring countries, including more than $782 million through USAID, in just over four months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.
This additional funding will provide emergency food and cash assistance, safe drinking water, accessible shelter, logistical support, humanitarian coordination and protection, emergency health care, including mental health care and support for survivors of gender-based violence. This funding is in addition to USAID’s support for activities aimed specifically at alleviating shelter concerns during the coming winter months. The provision of cash will offset increased heating costs through the purchase of fuel for electricity, materials for light renovations (insulation), and the distribution of thermal blankets and winter clothes and shoes, especially for children and the elderly. USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team based in the region has been working since day one of Russia’s unprovoked war to ramp up relief, and works alongside partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, including people who have been forced to flee their homes.
The United States stands with the people affected by this devastating war and continues to call on Russia to end hostilities and facilitate unhindered humanitarian access and safe passage for civilians in Ukraine. In addition to humanitarian assistance, USAID is leveraging the decades we have spent investing in people, partners, and institutions to meet the urgent needs of the people of Ukraine.