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  • Published: 23rd February 2024
  • Blog by Melissa Cooke

Ukraine - two years on

It’s now two years since the escalation of the war in Ukraine. We’ve helped over two million people in those two years through our Ukraine Humanitarian Response. It’s been 10 years since the war started in 2014 and millions still need humanitarian support.

“The war is ongoing. The humanitarian crisis, the humanitarian problems, actually become deeper,”
— Anna Leonova, Executive Director of Gay Alliance Ukraine, which Oxfam works with.

We’ve worked with 40 organisations to help marginalised people and those closest to the conflict. Women, Roma, LGBTQIA+ and elderly people are experiencing the unique impacts of the war. They face gender-based violence and barriers to getting the support they need. 

We’ve provided; 

  • 1.3 million people with clean drinking water and other basic services for hygiene and sanitation, 
  • 62,000 people with psychosocial support, 
  • 35,000 people with cash assistance, 
  • 10,000 people with support items for the winter months. 

We’ve also supported six organisations to set up eight community centres in Ukraine, Poland and Romania. These centres provide safe spaces for those impacted and displaced by the war. We’ve worked with five other organisations to help them with running existing community centres. 

10,000 people have been killed since February 2022 according to the United Nations, and the actual figure is likely to be higher.