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Since 24 February 2022 and the beginning of a large-scale military conflict in Ukraine, cities across the country have been the target of devastating weapons strikes. HI calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructures from the effects of war. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas must stop. Civilians in Ukraine must have access to humanitarian aid, and their movements must be protected when they flee the conflict.

HI was operating in Ukraine from 2015 to 2017.

A man clears debris at a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell hit, on February 25, 2022.

Actions in process

Since the beginning of a large-scale military conflict

Since 24 February 2022 and the beginning of a large-scale military conflict in Ukraine, cities across the country have been the target of devastating weapons strikes.

HI is currently preparing to deploy an exploratory mission in the Ukraine and in neighbouring countries including Romania, Poland, and Moldova. It will consist of two teams focusing on humanitarian needs, security, access and operational context, response possibilities and partners identification.

HI will focus on the most vulnerable affected populations, including displaced families, refugees, women, children, people with disabilities, and elderly people - noting the very high percentage of people over the age of 60, and with chronic diseases in the Ukraine.

Needs for rehabilitation, psychosocial support, shelter assistance, access to food supply and water and sanitation, the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid, and logistic support for humanitarian organisations, among others, will be the main sectors explored by HI.

From 2015 to 2017

HI was asked by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to help improve the care-management of people with disabilities and conflict casualties. The organisation provided at-home rehabilitation care to limit the onset of complications from injuries or the functional limitations of older people or people with reduced mobility who found it more difficult to access care services as a result of the conflict. It also built the capacities of health facilities and care staff and supplies rehabilitation equipment and mobility aids (e.g. prostheses, wheelchairs).

Nationally, HI identified vulnerable groups (older people, people with disabilities, etc.) and made humanitarian actors aware of their specific needs and how to include them in the emergency response.

Between October 2015 and February 2016, with the support of UNICEF, the organisation provided risk education on landmines and explosive remnants of war to children and teenagers living along the contact line between government forces and independence movements.

HI has ended its actions in Ukraine en 2017.

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