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CRS in Ukraine

More than 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine erupted into conflict in 2014 as the country grappled with whether to make a decisive turn toward the European Union and NATO. More than 1.8 million people in Eastern Ukraine have fled their homes as a result of the armed conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist groups in the Crimean and Donbas regions of eastern Ukraine. Another 3 million struggle to survive in the conflict-affected areas.  

At least 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the conflict zones have closed, and more than 60% of the Donbas region’s coal mines are shut down. IDPs also face depleted savings after months of displacement and report increasing difficulty in finding sustainable livelihoods options outside of the conflict zone. Many struggle to meet their basic needs. Finally, families are coping with severe trauma and depression after being violently and suddenly displaced from relatively comfortable pre-conflict lives. Many have lost their homes and livelihoods, and are uncertain how to resume normal life.


People Served: 54,335

Population: 44,429,471 (July 2015 est.)

Size: 233,032 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Texas

CRS' History in Ukraine

Catholic Relief Services started working in Ukraine in 2014 to help build the capacity of Caritas Ukraine to provide emergency relief to people displaced by the armed conflict and insecurity.  By early 2015, more than 50,000 conflict-affected persons had received aid from Caritas Ukraine.