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Trócaire’s Continued Response to War in Ukraine

Two years since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Trócaire continues its vital support, reaching over 3.8 million people alongside our partners.

An IDPs centre run by Caritas Ukraine in the Lviv region. Credit: Caritas An IDPs centre run by Caritas Ukraine in the Lviv region. Credit: Caritas

Saturday (24th) marks the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The war continues to cause widespread destruction, destroying lives and livelihoods, further decimating essential services, and compounding an already grave humanitarian crisis.

According to UNOCHA, there are over 17.6 million people in need, with 3.6 million internally displaced and 5.97 million refugees in European countries. Since the beginning of the war, 10,233 civilians have been killed and almost 20,000 injured.

Trócaire has been supporting partner organisations (Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Spes Ukraine) to help vulnerable people meet their basic needs. Two years into the conflict, Trócaire has reached over 3.8 million people.Caritas Spes Ukraine (CSU) has provided life-saving humanitarian assistance to displaced families affected by the conflict. They run 54 different aid centers across the country including frontline zones. Since the beginning of 2023, CSU has reached 362,145 people, totalling more than 1.1 million reached since the invasion in February 2022.

Trócaire is also working on a programme supported by Irish Aid, to build the capacity of Caritas Spes to respond to the crisis. This project will ensure that more vulnerable households meet their basic needs, access basic services and receive psychological and social supports.

Caritas Ukraine, since the start of the crisis, have supported over 3.1 million people. Thanks to the support of the Caritas confederation, the Caritas Ukraine Network has responded to the crisis through 46 caritas centers, with a total of 1186 Parishes working on various programmes.

The current programme, supported by Trócaire provides emergency livelihoods support to conflict-affected communities. This project aims to ensure that vulnerable people have access to temporary income through financial and training support for micro and small businesses. This enables people to earn an income to support themselves and their families.

Conditions in Ukraine continue to be extremely difficult, with over 14 million citizens in need of humanitarian aid. In particular, Caritas-Spes Ukraine expresses its concern about the contamination of many water sources, soil and ecosystems. Moreover, nearly 3.3 million people in need of aid live in front-line communities in the east and south. In these regions, millions struggle to have adequate access to water, food, health, housing, protection and other essential services.

Trocaire with its partners will continue to support and work with these communities as the conflict enters its third year.

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