Peace and Security

UN & Partners Step Up to Help Over 150K People in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Region

The UN and its humanitarian partners are stepping up efforts to assist more than 150,000 people who have been impacted by fighting across the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, where Government forces recently announced they had regained full control after months of Russian occupation.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, was in Kharkiv on Monday, and aid workers had begun making life-saving deliveries to the thousands in need, just days after Russian troops withdrew following the surprise Ukrainian counter-attack to secure the region around the country’s second largest city.

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Kharkiv is located in northeastern Ukraine, just a few miles from the Russian border. Ukrainian authorities said they had recaptured around 6,000 square kilometres of territory from Russia during their September counter-offensive.

Food for more than 73,000

A statement issued by the Spokesperson for UN humanitarian affairs coordination office (OCHA) on Monday, said that “in the past 10 days, aid workers distributed food to more than 73,000 people, nearly half of the people living in these areas which, until a short while ago, were out of our reach.”   

“Our colleagues have also delivered hygiene kits to some 12,000 people, as well as kitchen sets, solar lamps, blankets and other critical household items to about 15,000”, OCHA’s Saviano Abreu continued. 

Medical supplies

“Health centres have been stocked with enough medicine, surgical kits and emergency health kits to treat 10,000 patients in the coming weeks.”  

Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Brown met workers with local organizations and volunteers, and noted that there is “a dire humanitarian situation” across the region.

She visited some cities that since mid-September, are back under Government control, and saw the level of destruction of civilian infrastructure, including homes, schools, and hospitals.

Expanding aid effort

“The humanitarian community is working closely with national and local authorities, as well as with volunteer groups, to expand assistance even further and help people who have endured the horrors of seven months of war without adequate access to vital items”, Mr. Abreu concluded.



  1. It’s heartening to see the UN and its partners taking swift action to help the thousands affected by the conflict in Kharkiv. The recent developments show that assistance is reaching those in need, bringing hope for a better future in the region.

  2. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the UN and its partners were able to mobilize and provide aid to such a large number of people in the Kharkiv region? Do you think this level of responsiveness will be sustained in the long term?

    1. It truly is remarkable to see the swift response and assistance provided by the UN and its partners in the Kharkiv region. Let’s hope this level of support and action can be maintained in the future.

  3. It’s heartwarming to see the UN and its partners taking immediate action to assist the people affected in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. I admire the dedication of the aid workers in delivering life-saving supplies to those in need. Let’s continue supporting their efforts to help rebuild and stabilize the region after the recent unrest.

  4. Wow, this is incredible news! But I’m curious, how are they ensuring the safety of the aid workers in such a volatile region?

    1. Hey SarahJones33, it is amazing to see the efforts being made in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Safety measures for aid workers include coordination with local authorities, security escorts for deliveries, and constant monitoring of the situation to adapt strategies accordingly. The dedication of these workers is truly admirable!

  5. I’m glad to see the UN and humanitarian partners taking action to help the people in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. It’s heartwarming to hear that aid workers are making life-saving deliveries to those in need after the recent turmoil. Let’s hope for continued support for those affected by the conflict.

  6. How are the UN and partners ensuring the long-term sustainability of aid in the Kharkiv region following this recent assistance effort?

    1. The UN and its partners are actively collaborating with local authorities and organizations to create sustainable aid initiatives in the Kharkiv region. By working closely with the community, they are developing long-term strategies that focus on providing continuous support to those affected by the conflict and promoting self-sufficiency for the future.

  7. It’s heartening to see the UN and its partners taking swift action to help the people in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. The humanitarian efforts being made are truly making a difference for the 150,000 individuals affected by the recent events. Let’s hope for continued support and aid to those in need.

  8. It’s heartwarming to see the UN and its partners working tirelessly to provide crucial aid to the people of Kharkiv. Denise Brown’s visit and the rapid response to the urgent needs showcase true humanity and solidarity in the face of conflict. It’s a ray of hope in a dark time.

  9. Do you have any information on the specific types of aid being provided to the affected population in Kharkiv region?

  10. Isn’t it amazing how quickly aid workers were able to reach such a large number of people in need in the Kharkiv region?

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