U.S. humanitarian aid to Ukraine tops $1 billion

Photo of elderly woman standing on street, text listing amount and types of humanitarian aid to Ukraine (Photo: © Nariman El-Mofty/AP Images)
(State Dept./M. Gregory)

The U.S. government has provided more than $1.28 billon (PDF, 351KB) in humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began February 24.

The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 6.3 million people within Ukraine and forced more than 5.8 million to flee to neighboring countries.

This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State — is providing food, safe drinking water, shelter, emergency health care and medical supplies, among other services.

USAID officials, for example, are on the ground in the region, partnering with U.N. agencies and others to:

  • Meet essential health needs.
  • Bolster the agricultural sector.
  • Support small businesses.
  • Strengthen energy infrastructure.
  • Document human rights violations and potential violations of international humanitarian law.

State Department humanitarian programs also support U.N. agencies such as UNICEF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the World Health Organization, along with others working in Ukraine and in neighboring countries.

Russia’s bombardment and shelling continues to damage the infrastructure needed to get aid to people — destroying roads, bridges and railroads and making it difficult for aid workers to reach conflict-affected populations.