Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes across Ukraine have had devastating consequences for ordinary people. Over 5 million people have fled the country in recent days, and many more have had to leave their homes to escape the fighting. At least 142 civilians have been killed with a further 550 injured, but these are expected to be considerable underestimates. Critical infrastructure such as health facilities, water supplies and schools have also been damaged or destroyed.
At Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, huge numbers of people are arriving with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.
World Vision UK is part of the DEC (Disasters Emergencies Committee) which is launching an appeal to help those affected.
In the video below, Andrew Morley, President of World Vision International, is speaking from the border of Ukraine and Romania.