Global perspective Human stories



Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine at UN Headquarters in New York.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we have had two years of fighting, two years of suffering, two years of stoking global tensions and straining global relations. Enough. Scorning the Charter has been the problem. Honouring it is the solution. That means honouring the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognised borders.

Secretary-General António Guterres in address to Security Council meeting on Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine, 23 February ’24

Black Sea Grain Initiative/Joint Coordination Centre


Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance

The horrific war in Ukraine has led to a large-scale humanitarian and refugee crisis. The Global Crisis Response Group Task Team is issuing a series of reports, which can be found here, on the global impact of the war on food, energy and finance systems.

Tweet URL


The security situation in Ukraine deteriorated rapidly following the launch of a Russian Federation military offensive on 24 February 2022. The armed violence escalated in at least eight oblasts (regions), including Kyivska oblast and the capital city of Kyiv, as well as in the eastern oblasts Donetsk and Luhansk which were already affected by conflict.

The escalation of conflict has triggered an immediate and steep rise in humanitarian needs as essential supplies and services are disrupted and civilians flee the fighting. The UN estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine will need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighbouring countries in the coming months.

On 1 March 2022, the UN and humanitarian partners launched coordinated Flash Appeals  for a combined $1.7 billion to urgently deliver humanitarian support to people in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries.

Within Ukraine, the plan requires $1.1 billion to meet the escalating humanitarian needs of more than six million people affected and displaced by military operations over the next three months. Outside the country, the UN requested $551 million to help Ukrainians who have fled across borders, principally to Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.

Amin Awad, the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine called for an "immediate humanitarian pause" , on 5 March, in the fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, as UN aid supplies continue to arrive in the country.

Information about the UN Country Team in Ukraine can be found here.



This neighborhood in Bucha suffered greatly during the Russian occupation. This house was bombed, but today, everything has been completely restored.
UN News/Anna Radomska

Bucha and Irpin rise from the ashes of Russian military occupation

When the Russian occupation of Bucha in the early days of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine ended in March 2022, widespread destruction was revealed, and a UN commission concluded that war crimes had been committed against the civilian population. Two years on, life is returning to the town on Kyiv’s outskirts and nearby Irpin, which have been restored with UN support.

"They were flying by helicopter from the direction of the cargo airport in Hostomel [north of Bucha]. Then they marched with tanks along Vokzalna Street, crossed the railway and moved in the direction of Kyiv," said Mykhaylina Skoryk-Shkarivska, founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development of Communities in Bucha and deputy of the Irpin City Council, recalling the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Read full story

UN Secretary-General
Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium) briefs reporters on Ukraine.
UN Photo/Manuel Elías

The message of the General Assembly is loud and clear:  End hostilities in Ukraine — now. Silence the guns — now. Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy — now.  

We don’t have a moment to lose. The brutal effects of the conflict are plain to see. But as bad as the situation is for the people in Ukraine right now, it threatens to get much, much worse. The ticking clock is a time bomb. 

The world wants an end to the tremendous human suffering in Ukraine. This same truth was clear in the rapid mobilization of funds for our lifesaving humanitarian operations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.  Our global flash appeal was met with record generosity.  

Looking ahead, I will continue to do everything in my power to contribute to an immediate cessation of hostilities and urgent negotiations for peace. People in Ukraine desperately need peace. And people around the world demand it. Read full remarks

Amin Awad, UN Assistant Secretary-General Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.

UN Crisis Coordinator

Amin Awad of Sudan, was appointed by Secretary-General António Guterres as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.

UN Security Council
A wide view of the emergency Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider

On the 31 January 2022, the Security Council met at the request of the United States over the reported Russian deployment of more than 100,000 troops and war logistics on the Russian-Ukrainian border. 

On Monday 21 February, the Council held an emergency meeting, at the request of the delegate of Ukraine over the decision of the Russian Federation to recognise parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions as independent entities. UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo, in her briefing the Council raised concerns over the use of the phrase “peacekeeping mission” by the Russian Federation and also warned of the risks with regionals and global repercussions.

That emergency session was followed by three more on 23rd, 25th and 27th February.  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a brief statement during the late-night session on 23rd February strongly urged the Russian President to stop his troops from attacking Ukraine invasion.  But within minutes of this call, and during the meeting, news reports emerged that the Russian Federation had launched a ‘special military operation’ into Ukraine.  Several Council delegates condemned the development.

Late on Friday, 25 February, in response to Russia’s attack, the Council met again to vote on a resolution prepared by the US and Albania, with the support of several other Member States, that would have deplored “Russia’s aggression” and called on Moscow to pull back all its troops.  Eleven members voted in favour of the resolution, and three (China, India, and United Arab Emirates) abstained, but Russia, which was at that time holding the Council’s presidency for the month, vetoed the text.

On Sunday, 27 February, for the fourth time within a week, the Council met in an emergency session and adopted a procedural measure – known informally as ‘Uniting for peace’ – calling on the 193-member UN General Assembly to urgently take up a text that would demand an end to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

UN News of the Security Council on Ukraine

UN General Assembly
UN General Assembly adopts resolution deploring the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of the UN Charter.
UN Photo/Loey Felipe

As the situation in the region continued to deteriorate following the subsequent launch of Russia’s military offensive, Russia vetoed on 26 February a move in the Security Council to condemn and halt its aggressions against Ukraine. A ‘no’ vote by any of the Council’s permanent members, which along with Russia, include China, France, United Kingdom and the United States, means the measure will not be upheld.

At the end of that meeting in the Council, Ukraine and several other delegates pledged to take a similar resolution to the 193-member General Assembly where it could not be subjected to a veto. 

On Sunday, 27 February, the Security Council met in an emergency session and adopted a procedural measure – known informally as ‘Uniting for peace’ – calling on the General Assembly to convene an emergency special session to act on a text that would demand an end to the Russian military operation in Ukraine. 

Under the Uniting for Peace formula, the Assembly has the power to act “if the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility to act as required to maintain international peace and security”.

The Assembly convened its 11th special emergency special session on 1 March and after a day of interventions by the wider UN membership, overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on 2 March demanding that Russia immediately end its military operations in Ukraine.

A total of 141 countries voted in favour of the resolution, which also reaffirmed Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

UN Entities

UN agencies in Ukraine

On 25 February 2022, people shelter in a school during ongoing military operations in Kyiv, Ukraine.
© UNICEF/Victor Kovalchuk/UNIAN
On 25 February 2022, people shelter in a school during ongoing military operations in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Dinu Lipcanu (centre, wearing baseball cap) Head of UNHCR's Mariupol field office in Ukraine, visits local residents whose houses have been damaged by artillery shelling in Avdiivka, Donetsk.
UNHCR/Markiian Lyseiko
UNHCR | Operational Data Portal
A woman holds her daughter in her house located right at the “contact line” in Ukraine. (file)
UNOCHA/Yevhen Maloletka
On 27 February 2022, with temperatures close to zero degrees Celcius, a child wrapped in a blanket keeps herself warm as she and her family wait to board an evacuation train in Lviv, in Ukraine's westernmost corner, near the Polish border.
© UNICEF/Viktor Moskaliuk
IOM enumerators conduct surveys to better understand the refugees’ journey.
© IOM/Monica Chiriac
IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix
This WFP 12-truck convoy, with food supplies to feed more than 7,000 people for one month, reached Luhansk in eastern Ukraine for the first time since the suspension of humanitarian activities four months ago.
WFP/Logistics Cluster
Babies are cared for in a makeshift perinatal centre located in the basement of a medical complex in Saltivka, a residential district in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
© UNICEF/Oleksandr Brynza
An elderly woman in village Krymskoe, heavily affected by the armed conflict, receives financial assistance from IOM.
IOM/Konstantin Skomorokh
A baby is held by his father as a nurse administers his first dose of MMR vaccine from measles, mumps and rubella.
© UNICEF/Aleksey Filippov
UNESCO staff in Ukraine conducting damage assessment in Borodyanka, near Kyiv.


Related video and audio