Ukraine

Country Facts

DRC present since:

1998

Staff on location:

260

Displaced population:

730,000

DRC Ukraine Hotlines:  

Legal assistance: 0 800 331 913 (toll free within Ukraine) 

Border crossing: +38 044 333 42 95 

 See also: DRC Ukraine Facebook page 

Ukrainians in Denmark: DRC | Ukraine: FAQ and hotline 

Read more in the DRC Crisis Response Ukraine 2022 (PDF) 

Displacement Situation

Since 24 February 2022, a military offensive launched by the Russian Federation in Ukraine has driven millions of people from their homes in search of safety, protection, and humanitarian assistance within Ukraine, in neighbouring countries, and beyond in the wider Europe.  

The evolving humanitarian crisis is believed to already have uprooted and displaced around a third of Ukraine’s population of 44 million internally and across borders. The conflict in Ukraine has caused the world’s fastest growing displacement crisis since World War II and will require continued urgent responses to immediate humanitarian needs as well as investment in recovery and reconstruction. 

Displacement tracking: 

OCHA: Ukraine Data Explorer (humdata.org)
UNHCR: Situation Ukraine Refugee Situation (unhcr.org)   

DRC Response

DRC is in Ukraine, responding to the evolving humanitarian crisis - providing support as well to people affected by displacement in neighbouring countries, the wider Europa and in Denmark.  

DRC assists conflict- and displacement-affected people in Ukraine in coping with the effects of the crisis through:  

  • Supporting Ukrainian authorities, civil society, and the UN to respond to emergency needs;  
  • Complementing activities of local actors to ensure timely and relevant protection and humanitarian operation. 

DRC’s yearlong expertise within the protection, including legal aid, economic recovery, and humanitarian disarmament and peacebuilding activities is a strong platform of engagement with communities and local authorities. DRC and its partners are providing lifesaving emergency response to facilitate an effective, broad, and timely humanitarian response.  

DRC operations within humanitarian disarmament and peacebuilding are significantly expanding, including through a partnership agreement with the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. The scaled-up set of interventions entail enhanced support to mine clearance, explosive ordnance risk education, marking of areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war, and remote advisory on munitions used in the conflict, in order to protect civilians.  

Recognising the immense mobilisation of the Ukrainian diaspora globally and the strong impact their engagement has for affected Ukrainians, the Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC) initiative – created and hosted by DRC – is leading a coordination structure to strengthen coordination with Ukrainian diaspora organisations around the world vis-a-vis key humanitarian actors in country to support a better overall response. 

Prior to 24 February 2022 

DRC operated in Ukraine in 1998-2000 and 2007-2013, focusing on the resettlement of Crimean Tatars returning to Crimea from Central Asia, and on developing the capacities of Ukrainian asylum authorities and civil society working with child refugees. DRC resumed operations in Ukraine in November 2014 to respond to the growing humanitarian needs in the country.  

Contact

Ukraine

Ukrayina Office

[email protected]

Dashboards

Urgent Action Needed

Guidance on Border Crossings

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert #82 (RU)

The Conflict in Ukraine

3.4 million people in eastern Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance. People in Ukraine need: • Educational interventions • Interventions to improve people’s food security and livelihoods (FSL) • Health interventions • Interventions in the area of protection • Interventions in the shelter and non-food items sector (Shelter/NFI) • Interventions in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH) • Programmes providing multipurpose cash assistance (MPC)

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Snapshots

Looking ahead

These two boys were born and raised in Ukraine. Their father was killed when his tractor was blown up by a landmine buried in his field. Now the family lives sparingly on the mother's income from the sale of milk and cheese, which comes from two cows. The Danish Refugee Council has helped the family with necessary repairs and maintenance of their house, and given them two beds and a table that they would not otherwise be able to afford. In addition to support of livelihood, the Danish Refugee Council also runs a wide range of other activities in Ukraine, including humanitarian mine clearance.

Looking ahead

These two boys were born and raised in Ukraine. Their father was killed when his tractor was blown up by a landmine buried in his field. Now the family lives sparingly on the mother's income from the sale of milk and cheese, which comes from two cows. The Danish Refugee Council has helped the family with necessary repairs and maintenance of their house, and given them two beds and a table that they would not otherwise be able to afford. In addition to support of livelihood, the Danish Refugee Council also runs a wide range of other activities in Ukraine, including humanitarian mine clearance.

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From Mines to Milk 💣🐄 #integrated #mineaction

#Cattlefarmers in Komyshuvakha #Ukraine only get water 4x a day for 15 min. Their key communal #waterwell is broken - and located between #minefields. Complicated #landproperty issues further prevented interventions. At #DanishRefugeeCouncil, with support from the #EuropeanUnion, we integrated our versatile expertise for a holistic response: ✔#demining began with clearance ✔#legal resolved the HLP problem ✔#protection engaged a local repair company ✔#EORE delivered mine safety session to repairmen ✔#livelihoods distributed cash grants to farmers "We are there, moving forward together."

From Mines to Milk 💣🐄 #integrated #mineaction

#Cattlefarmers in Komyshuvakha #Ukraine only get water 4x a day for 15 min. Their key communal #waterwell is broken - and located between #minefields. Complicated #landproperty issues further prevented interventions. At #DanishRefugeeCouncil, with support from the #EuropeanUnion, we integrated our versatile expertise for a holistic response: ✔#demining began with clearance ✔#legal resolved the HLP problem ✔#protection engaged a local repair company ✔#EORE delivered mine safety session to repairmen ✔#livelihoods distributed cash grants to farmers "We are there, moving forward together."

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Miners Learn about Mines

The town of Hirske (Luhanska oblast, GCA) is a ten-thousand-strong community five kilometres away from the ‘contact line’. In the vicinity, DRC-DDG identified nearly two million square metres of contamination with Explosive Ordnance (EO) and recorded over 50 mine victims over the past years. Historically, Luhanska oblast is famed for its mineral reserves and Hirske is no exception. While unemployment there remains rampant, most of the population found work at nearby coalmines. Due to years of a localised response, DRC-DDG collaborates with a variety of community gatekeepers – such as the coalmine Hirska. Providing Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) greatly benefits from the arising multiplier effect: coal miners will return home across the town and share the EORE materials and knowledge with their families and friends.

Miners Learn about Mines

The town of Hirske (Luhanska oblast, GCA) is a ten-thousand-strong community five kilometres away from the ‘contact line’. In the vicinity, DRC-DDG identified nearly two million square metres of contamination with Explosive Ordnance (EO) and recorded over 50 mine victims over the past years. Historically, Luhanska oblast is famed for its mineral reserves and Hirske is no exception. While unemployment there remains rampant, most of the population found work at nearby coalmines. Due to years of a localised response, DRC-DDG collaborates with a variety of community gatekeepers – such as the coalmine Hirska. Providing Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) greatly benefits from the arising multiplier effect: coal miners will return home across the town and share the EORE materials and knowledge with their families and friends.

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Mine Action event in eastern Ukraine

Recently, DRC, OSCE, and UNDP organised a three-day-long Mine Action event in Mariupol, dedicated to the harmonisation of Mine Action data collection, messaging, and nationally-owned work plans. Supported by the American people through USAID, DRC and UNDP held two workshops and working groups on Victim Assistance and digital Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) on the first day. These two pillars were recognised by the Mine Action community to need more in-depth coordination. A variety of Mine Action stakeholders attended, both in-person and online, ranging from governmental institutions, vested international organisations, to local Mine Action operators in Ukraine. The workshops featured a number of presentations and discussion – including the launch of DRC’s EORE mobile Augment Reality application, EORE online courses, and a refurbished stopmina.com website. The second and third day were dedicated to the OSCE roundtable and the Mine Action Sub-Cluster meeting where DRC also actively participated.

Mine Action event in eastern Ukraine

Recently, DRC, OSCE, and UNDP organised a three-day-long Mine Action event in Mariupol, dedicated to the harmonisation of Mine Action data collection, messaging, and nationally-owned work plans. Supported by the American people through USAID, DRC and UNDP held two workshops and working groups on Victim Assistance and digital Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) on the first day. These two pillars were recognised by the Mine Action community to need more in-depth coordination. A variety of Mine Action stakeholders attended, both in-person and online, ranging from governmental institutions, vested international organisations, to local Mine Action operators in Ukraine. The workshops featured a number of presentations and discussion – including the launch of DRC’s EORE mobile Augment Reality application, EORE online courses, and a refurbished stopmina.com website. The second and third day were dedicated to the OSCE roundtable and the Mine Action Sub-Cluster meeting where DRC also actively participated.

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