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UN reported on how many Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance

UN reported on how many Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance Photo: the UN named the number of Ukrainians in need of humanitarian aid (GettyImages)

The United Nations estimates that in 2024, over 14.6 million people, constituting 40% of Ukraine's population, will require humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The organization notes that after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, people have endured almost two years of continuous hostilities. Additionally, the war has forced approximately 6.3 million Ukrainians to flee abroad.

"On top of the violence, Ukraine is now in the grip of a deep winter. A continued, large-scale humanitarian operation is as urgent today as it ever was," the OCHA report states.

The UN adds that the first week of January brought a wave of shelling to Ukraine, starting on December 29 and continuing to the present. Civilians are being killed and injured daily, and their homes and critical infrastructure are being destroyed.

Refugees from Ukraine and UN assistance

In early December, the United Nations called for the allocation of $46 billion for the year 2024 to aid people affected by humanitarian crises worldwide, including in the Gaza Strip, Sudan, and Ukraine.

According to the UN, by the end of 2022, 5.7 million Ukrainians had fled to neighboring countries, creating one of the largest displacement crises since World War II. Overall, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered the displacement of 16.9 million people.