The United States is providing more than $186 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support internally displaced people and the more than three million refugees affected by Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked and unjustified war in Ukraine . This will provide additional support to humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis and complement the generosity of neighboring countries hosting and supporting refugees.
We call for an immediate end to Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and for Russia to facilitate unhindered humanitarian access to Ukraine and safe passage for those seeking to leave the cities where they are trapped. Humanitarian aid deliveries must be able to continue without interference, and aid workers must have safe passage to deliver aid and assistance to those in need.
The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, including providing nearly $293 million in humanitarian assistance inside Ukraine and in the region since late February. To date, our funding totals nearly $644 million for vulnerable communities in the region since Russia first invaded Ukraine eight years ago. Our humanitarian aid is channeled through independent humanitarian organizations that provide needs-based aid with impartiality, humanity, neutrality and independence.
The additional humanitarian assistance for refugees in countries neighboring Ukraine supports the provision of food, clean water, protection, accessible shelter and emergency health care thanks to the support of our international partners and non-governmental. This funding will also help victims of this conflict maintain contact with family members who have been separated and promote family reunification where possible.
The United States salutes the hospitality of neighboring countries that welcome those fleeing Ukraine. As with any refugee situation, we call on the international community to respond to the needs of those seeking protection in a manner that is consistent with the principle of non-refoulement and States’ respective obligations under international law.
We welcome the contributions of other donors to this crisis response and urge others to generously support the immediate humanitarian needs in Ukraine and the region.