The UN estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine will need relief and protection.
United Nations agencies have launched an emergency appeal to respond to soaring humanitarian needs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, urgently requesting $1.7bn to help people who have fled the country and those still there.
The UN estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine will need relief and protection, while it projected that more than four million Ukrainian refugees may need help in neighboring countries in the coming months.
“The crisis has turned very ugly very fast,” Martin Griffiths, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told reporters at a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
“This is the darkest hour for the people of Ukraine,” Griffiths said.
“We must turn that initial shock and disbelief and uncertainty about the days to come into compassion and solidarity with the millions of ordinary Ukrainians who now need emergency relief and protection.”
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