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Desperation grows in Ukraine war, two years on

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Australia for UNHCR is appealing for renewed support for Ukrainians as conditions worsen two years on from Russia’s full-scale invasion. 

Since the war began on 24 February 2022, two million homes have been bombed, at least 10,000 people have been killed, and millions have been forced to flee. 

“Fierce attacks continue, destroying homes, hospitals and energy infrastructure,” Australia for UNHCR CEO Trudi Mitchell said.  

“Families are sheltering in crowded accommodation centres or badly damaged houses with no piped water, gas or electricity, while a bitter winter increases the need for life-saving aid.”  

More than 14 million people need humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, a staggering 40 per cent of the population.   

In frontline areas such as Donetsk and Kharkiv, constant bombardment means people are forced to spend their days in basements. Children cannot play outside, let alone attend school. 

“The fighting has escalated and the humanitarian situation in the country is dramatic and urgent,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said during a recent visit to the country.  

“Millions have been forced to flee the war and Russian attacks, and they are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance." 

The United Nations Refugee Agency and its partners are providing cash assistance so people can buy food, fuel, medicine and warm clothing.  

Teams are also providing repairs to homes, legal aid to help people obtain civil documents damaged or lost in the war, and counselling to help families deal with trauma. 

UNHCR’s dedicated teams have been on the ground since the beginning. We will stay and deliver for the people of Ukraine for as long as is needed – but we can’t do it alone,” Ms Mitchell said.  

“When the war first broke out, Australia for UNHCR received record donations.  I’m asking Australians once again to think of the people of Ukraine and to donate what they can. 

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