Governments, concerned citizens and a wide range of organizations are aiding Ukrainians fleeing the horrors of Vladimir Putin’s brutal war.
The Russian military’s constant bombardment of Ukrainian homes and communities has forced more than 5.3 million people to flee to neighboring countries.
The U.S. government has provided more than $300 million (PDF, 348KB) in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — the most of any country — while the generosity of American organizations and individuals has helped to provide medicine, food and shelter.
Ukraine’s neighbors, and nations beyond, are doing their part, offering help and hope. Here are a few examples.
Poland has taken in nearly 3 million Ukrainian refugees, more than all other countries. Above, refugees from Ukraine form a line as they approach the border with Poland March 6 in Shehyni, Ukraine.
Poland’s government has promised Ukrainian refugees they can stay in the country for up to 180 days and access certain social benefits. Above a woman and child from Ukraine arrive March 7 at the border crossing in Medyka.
More than 800,000 Ukrainians have crossed into Romania, including Victoria, above, a refugee from Chernivtsi on March 17. She and her baby are at a sports arena converted into a temporary shelter in the town of Dumbrăveni.
A woman holds a child after crossing the border from Ukraine at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, in Siret, Romania, on February 25.
More than a half-million Ukrainians have fled to Hungary. Many find offers of help as soon as they arrive. Above, at the Western Railway Station March 5 in Budapest, a woman holds a sign that says, “Can I help you?”
Aid organizations are plentiful. Above, one organization helps to find free accommodations for refugees who crossed the border March 5 into Budapest.
Moldova’s resident population is only 2.59 million people, but it has accepted the most refugees per capita — more than 400,000. Above, volunteers prepare food for Ukrainians hosted by residents March 29 in Sireti village.
An 8-year-old girl from Ukraine studies at a desk inside the food hall at the Costesti resort hotel in Chisinau, where dozens of families displaced by the war found a place to shelter and rest.
Slovakia has welcomed more than 300,000 refugees from Ukraine, including this small boy looking out a bus window after crossing the border in Vyšné Nemecké on March 3.
Among nonbordering states, the Czech Republic has received the highest number of refugees from Ukraine — more than 300,000. Above, Ukrainian children take a ballet lesson organized for children affected by the war April 13 at the State Opera in Prague.
More than 236,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Bulgaria. Above, refugees take communion during a mass at Church of the Assumption on March 6 in Nessebar.