Since the start of a new large-scale conflict in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, intensive bombing of the country’s major cities has resulted in multiple civilian casualties. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing violence inside the country or taking refuge in neighbouring countries.
Children drawing dangerous situations during a mine risk education session in Ukraine. | © HI
From the start of the military conflict on 24 February 2022, HI sent a team to the region to perform a needs assessment and examine response options in support of the most vulnerable people.
The organisation is calling for an immediate end to hostilities and the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of war.
HI previously provided response in Ukraine from 2015 and 2017. It implemented actions in aid of people with injuries and disabilities and vulnerable people whose access to care had been constrained by the conflict.
Between October 2015 and February 2016, with the support of UNICEF, the organisation provided risk education on landmines and explosive remnants of war to children and teenagers living along the contact line between government forces and separatist movements.