About the Crisis in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine began on February 24, 2022 following the Russian Federation’s invasion of the country. As a result of heavy shelling and fighting, an estimated 6 million people have been driven from their homes and are internally displaced and more than 8 million people have crossed into neighboring countries in the region including Poland, Hungary, Moldova and other countries across Europe. Poland has welcomed the greatest number of Ukrainian refugees, hosting nearly 60 percent of all refugees from Ukraine.

Missile and rocket attacks have caused widespread death, destruction of homes and businesses and severely damaged energy infrastructures across Ukraine. The energy crisis is disrupting public access to water, electricity, heating, healthcare, education and social protection. Many Ukrainians are living in damaged homes or in buildings ill-prepared for life-threatening freezing temperatures. As the war continues, humanitarian needs are multiplying and spreading. An estimated 17.6 million people in Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance in 2023. 

Ukraine Emergency

5.9 million

There are estimated 5,914,000 internally displaced people in the Ukraine.

8 million

nearly 8 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded in neighboring countries across Europe

17.6 million

Approximately 17.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023

Why Washington State?

Washington has the largest Ukrainian population in the U.S. after California and New York. Ukrainians are also the fastest growing European immigrant community in the state, U.S. Census Bureau data shows. A significant portion of Ukrainians live in the Seattle area, particularly Southeast Seattle and Kent, as well as in Pasco.

Refugee organizations also attribute the state’s responsiveness to providing refugees with assistance as a major reason for the community’s growth. Overall, Washington state is one of the top initial resettlement destinations for refugees coming to the U.S., according to an analysis of refugee arrival data from the U.S. Department of State.    

“The state of Washington has been a very welcoming state for refugees so we have a strong resettlement network and a strong Ukrainian community,” said David Duea, executive director of the Lutheran Community Services Northwest. 

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