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Crisis Continues in Ukraine

Food, Water, Shelter, Medical Care Provided to Millions

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During a year of war in Ukraine, Samaritan’s Purse has provided food, water, medical care, shelter materials, and more to over 9 million people.

Samaritan’s Purse is distributing food with help from a multitude of church partners in Ukraine to hungry refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence in their region.

Memories of the War in Ukraine

Kseniya, a mother in Ukraine, shares the terror she and her family experienced during recent bombings. Samaritan’s Purse is helping to provide food for Kseniya and other families in the war-torn country.

We continue bringing relief to Ukrainians whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict. Many people are now surviving the winter in war-damaged homes without basics like heat and electricity. Some, living closer to the fighting, have no steady supply of food, as they live without jobs and often transportation. Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground helping in Jesus’ Name by providing food, water, tarp, plywood, and stoves.

“Millions of Ukrainians are still suffering a year after the conflict began. Their needs are more severe each day as they struggle to have enough food and basic necessities,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “Samaritan’s Purse is committed to helping Ukraine. We established a country office there, and our team is working hard to bring relief in Jesus’ Name. Please join me in praying for peace in Ukraine and that the people we are serving will know that God loves them and has not forgotten them in this dark time.”

Since war erupted on 24 February 2022, Samaritan’s Purse have also met a variety of urgent medical needs. Early on, we operated an Emergency Field Hospital in Lviv to help the millions displaced by conflict. Later last year, we ran a similar field hospital in a recently liberated area of eastern Ukraine. We are also providing medical training and tons of supplies on an ongoing basis.

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Our Response By The Numbers


Tonnes of Food Distributed

23 Million+

Gallons of Clean Water Produced


Patients Served by Our Teams




Wood Stoves


Airlift Missions Completed

Recipients of stoves and solar lights


People in eastern Ukraine are suffering terribly. Eighty-three-year-old Pavlo* and his wife Oksana have been married 55 years; they now live in a neighbour’s house because their own home was completely destroyed in the war. Yet, with no power or heat and a leaky roof, Pavlo said temperatures inside their new residence plummeted well below freezing this winter. So, the couple was overjoyed when a Samaritan’s Purse partner recently tarped the roof, made repairs, and gave them one of our wood-burning stoves and a solar light. Today it’s balmy near the fire. “We’re so grateful to Samaritan’s Purse,” Pavlo said. “They gave us hope. Now we feel like we’re alive.”

“We’re so grateful to Samaritan’s Purse. They gave us hope. Now we feel like we’re alive.” – Pavlo

Our brave church partners are delivering food, tarping roofs, and offering other urgently needed supplies deep within the conflict zone. Many of them also work with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child. Together we distributed close to 500,000 gift-filled shoeboxes in Ukraine last year, with about 400,000 more to be delivered to children in need during 2023.

We’ve also sent thousands of children’s backpacks to Ukraine aboard our DC-8 aircraft. Included inside are a soft bear that says “God Loves You” in their language on the front, plus crayons, a sketch pad, a knit hat, a ball, and a booklet in Ukrainian that tells them God loves them.

More than 7 million refugees from Ukraine have spread across Europe, the United States, Canada, and other countries worldwide. Aiding this migration, Samaritan’s Purse has airlifted more than 260 people from Poland to Canada with our DC-8 aircraft. Many millions are also internally displaced due to the conflict.

*Names changed for security reasons.

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Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

Samaritan's Purse is responding to needs in Eastern Europe as fighting rages in Ukraine. Our teams are working to help meet the needs of those affected, providing emergency aid and relief to victims of the conflict.

Paramedics assess the feet of an injured man