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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 a decision to turn toward the European Union and NATO. More than 2 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. An estimated 3.8 million people struggle to survive in the conflict-affected areas or as a result of their displacement.  

As the conflict enters its third year, the ability of people to cope has been severally diminished, which has increased their vulnerability. Many struggle to meet their basic needs. IDPs face depleted savings after years of displacement and report difficulty in finding sustainable livelihoods outside of the conflict zone. Families are coping with severe trauma and depression after being violently and suddenly displaced from their homes and communities. Many have lost their homes and livelihoods and are uncertain how to resume normal life.


Caritas Ukraine - For more than 20 years, Caritas Ukraine has provided material, social, psychological and legal assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians in need. Caritas Ukraine is focused on 4 main areas: (1) Assistance to children, youth and families, (2) Healthcare, (3) Social problems of migration, (4) Work in crisis situations. Caritas Ukraine represents the Greek Catholic Community in Ukraine.

Caritas SPES – Has been working in Ukraine since 1996 and represents the Roman Catholic Community in Ukraine. Caritas SPES operates more than 30 centers around the country meeting the needs of children, family, the elderly, and impoverished.

Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance


People Served: 54,335

Population: 44,033,874

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

CRS' History in Ukraine

CRS has provided assistance in Ukraine since the outbreak of conflict in 2014. The initial response focused on the acute humanitarian needs of displaced persons while the response in recent months has evolved towards achieving self-sufficiency for those affected by the protracted conflict and displacement. Geographically, CRS and partners have provided humanitarian assistance along the contact line between Ukrainian and separatist forces and also in major urban centers, located in government-controlled areas, which have seen an influx of displaced persons. In the coming year, CRS and partners will continue to provide life-saving humanitarian aid while also looking at recovery options for those affected by the protracted conflict.