Intense hostilities and fighting since the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February 2022 have left at least 17.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection
Massive destruction of civilian infrastructure has left hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians without their homes or livelihoods.
Too many are now living in damaged homes or in buildings ill-suited to provide protection for the upcoming harsh cold season, where the sub-zero temperatures could be life-threatening.
Between May and July alone, more than 5.5 million people who had been internally displaced across Ukraine returned to their houses, mainly in Kyiv, eastern and northern parts of the country. Displacement dynamics are, however, fluid, and nearly 60 per cent of those who returned home do not feel safe. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that over 6.3 million Ukrainian refugees are living in different European countries as of 3 August 2022.4
During the approaching cold season, the destruction of houses and lack of access to fuel or electricity due to damaged infrastructure could become a matter of life or death, if people are unable to heat their homes. According to the Government of Ukraine, over 800,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed in the country since the start of the war, and thousands of people are now living either in collective centres or damaged buildings,
The SNFI Cluster has reported to have reached up to September 1.3 million people with NFI support. There are 115 partners active, some 35 are registered as reporting partners and 80 are Implementing partners. The main focus is on preparedness measures and prepositioning for the cold winter months, and focuses on two broad areas of intervention: Provision of winterised core relief items, including thermal blankets, winter clothing, heating appliances, and solid fuel. Winterization repairs to collective centres providing shelter for IDPs; insulation and repairs for damaged homes in isolated rural areas and repairs for livestock shelters to ensure livelihood survival over the winter months