As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has mobilised to help. It’s estimated more than a million people have been forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of thousands have crossed borders into neighbouring European countries, including Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Moldova.
The mass movement of people is expected to continue as people flee to safety. There, on the borders, Red Cross volunteers are welcoming people who have left Ukraine with food, water, medical and psychosocial support.
There’s no telling when people may be able to return home. Until then, we’ll be there to support them.
Red Cross volunteers are giving food and water for people arriving from Ukraine at the border crossing point in Petea, Romania. Photo: Romania Red Cross
Hungarian Red Cross has established information and first aid points along the border with Ukraine and is also providing shelter, food and hygiene items for people arriving. Photo: Hungarian Red Cross
More than 100,000 refugees have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border since the conflict escalated on 24 February. Refugees arrive by train to Przemyśl, with 1,000 – 1,500 people on board, mostly women with children. Photo: Polish Red Cross
In Ukraine, over 1,000 volunteers have joined the Ukrainian Red Cross in the last few days. These volunteers are delivering humanitarian assistance where the security situation allows. Under mortal danger themselves, they are still working tirelessly to support their communities.
Even amid fighting that limits humanitarian response, the Ukrainian Red Cross is supporting people and communities affected by conflict. Photo: Ukrainian Red Cross
3,000 volunteers and 550 staff of the Ukrainian Red Cross are assisting people. Photo: Ukrainian Red Cross
Ukrainian Red Cross is providing food and basic necessities to thousands of people hiding in bomb shelters and metro stations. Photo: Ukrainian Red Cross.
Individual volunteers and branches in every community across Ukraine are responding and helping people across the country, when they can and in whatever ways they can. Photo: Ukrainian Red Cross