3 months of war in Ukraine: Voices from the frontlines

Lydia is staying at a temporary shelter in Romania after leaving southern Ukraine. CARE’s partner SERA is donating clothes and other basic items to support the center. Phot by: Lucy Beck/CARE

When the fighting in Ukraine started on February 24, 2022 it was clear that it would results in a human catastrophe. Millions of people left their homes, critical infrastructure was destroyed, whole cities were left without food, water and electricity, people lost their lives. Today, more than 6.4 million people have fled the country and over 8 million people have been displaced within Ukraine. As is often the case, women and children are more deeply affected by crisis , making up 90% of refugees and 63% of those who are displaced within Ukraine. Three months into the conflict, CARE’s staff and partners inside Ukraine and the surrounding regions share insights from the frontlines.

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5 ways women and girls are impacted by the Ukraine conflict

Women fleeing Ukraine cross the border in Medyka, on the Ukraine-Poland border, on March 2, 2022. © Adrienne Surprenant /MYOP

As with all conflicts, the crisis in Ukraine is disproportionately affecting women and girls, both within the country and those fleeing across borders. CARE has identified five key areas where more support and attention are urgently needed for women and girls affected by the crisis in Ukraine:

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