Take Action for Ukrainian Refugees
The most recent multi-prong military invasion of Ukraine marks just the latest in Russian aggression against Ukraine and its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine for its strategic access to the Black Sea and Russia continues to support pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Violence has again erupted throughout the country, threatening the security and safety of millions of people. We encourage all governments to honor the tenets of non-refoulement, and to keep their borders open to those who are fleeing immediate danger.
The latest report from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is that more than 6 million refugees have now fled from Ukraine into neighboring countries and more than 8 million Ukrainians are internally displaced. Ukraine also faces an acute humanitarian crisis as a result of Russian aggression with nearly 6 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
We urge the US Department of State and USAID to support local organizations providing relief to Ukrainians within their country and beyond. Congress must also continue to appropriate the funds needed to support UNHCR’s emergency response efforts. We thank the Administration – and all JRS advocates who took action – for supporting Temporary Protected Status for Ukrainians living in the U.S.