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CRS teams are providing critical humanitarian relief in the Ukraine, where 1.5 million people, like this young couple, have fled their homes as a result of the armed conflict. Photo by Volodymyr Nechaiev

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Crisis in Ukraine

CRS and Caritas teams are providing critical humanitarian relief in key areas of Ukraine, where people have fled their homes because of armed conflict between Ukrainian government forces and separatist groups.

More than 1.3 million people have been displaced within Ukraine, and another 700,000 people have fled to neighboring countries, primarily Russia. In addition, a severe economic crisis is affecting the entire country with annual inflation at 61 percent.

CRS Response

CRS and Caritas Ukraine are providing emergency food, water, living and shelter supplies for 6,079 families.

Priorities include:

  • Shelter subsidies and support
  • Living supplies, including clothing, blankets, soap and cooking sets
  • Psychological first aid for trauma and
  • Cash grants averaging $300

To meet these priorities we have established four child support centers to provide educational activities and psychological first aid, and hired psychologists to provide for adults.

We provide legal services to help internally displaced people reregister for social payments from the Ukrainian government. We support job seekers through counseling and linking to employment opportunities.


Rebekah Kates Lemke


Rebekah Kates Lemke
August 4, 2015

Rebekah Kates Lemke is the senior content developer/strategist for Catholic Relief Services. Previously, she was a web producer, branded content writer and editor for CRS and worked in television news for 15 years. She is based in Baltimore, Maryland.More