The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $169 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support people affected by Russia's war against Ukraine, which has pushed nearly 12 million people from their homes. This funding is in addition to USAID's ongoing activities supporting the Ukrainian people. USAID's Disaster Assistance Response Team has been working since day one of Russia's unprovoked war to ramp up relief alongside partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations, including people who have been forced to flee their homes.
This additional funding will provide emergency food and cash assistance, safe drinking water, logistical support, information management support for humanitarian operations, nutrition, emergency shelter assistance, hygiene items, emergency health care, and mental health care to Ukrainians directly impacted by the conflict. The additional provision of cash will empower Ukrainians to access shelter, food, and medical assistance.
This announcement follows USAID Administrator Samantha Power's meeting today with First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, during which she reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to meeting the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people. The United States has provided over $1.45 billion in humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of people in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighboring countries, including nearly $952 million through USAID, in nearly five months since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. The United States stands with the people affected by this devastating war and continues to remain committed to providing immediate aid and leveraging the decades we have spent investing in people, partners, and institutions to meet the urgent needs of the people of Ukraine. The United States calls on Russia to end hostilities and facilitate unhindered humanitarian access and safe passage for civilians in Ukraine.
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