Ukraine Response: Liveblog

Children across Ukraine remain in the midst of armed violence - with thousands fleeing across the border and many more expected to come. Through our emergency response, War Child is providing psychological first aid and protection training to local partners in host countries.

Several million children and families from Ukraine are expected to flee their homeland.

Photo: Petar Masut

25 February 2023

BBC Interview

As our Ukrainian colleague, Sasha, fled with her 8-year-old son to the Netherlands, she found it difficult to handle the complex emotions he was experiencing.

In an interview with BBC World Series, find out how our work is helping them find a way forward.

24 February 2023


One year ago today the world watched on as the war in Ukraine unfolded. As the conflict rages on, with no end in sight, War Child reflects on the resilience of the children behind the headlines.

Read the full article

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18 November 2022

"I was able to experience the power of music in a new way"

Music, sport and play are powerful tools to help children heal from their wartime experiences. War Child ambassador and singer Katie Koss travelled to Moldova to pass this message on to Ukrainian refugee children.

Katie Koss visit to Moldova

12 October 2022:
Education App Offers an Escape for Children in Ukraine’s Bomb Shelters

As a wave of missiles and rockets descended on Ukraine on Monday, thousands of children and families sought shelter underground reliving the horror they experienced back in February. Despite this desperate picture, a sense of calm and composure is radiating from the subways and bomb shelters - captured best by children playing educational games on mobile and tablet devices.


26 September 2022:
New App Brings Education Into the Hands of Displaced Ukrainian Children

War Child has partnered with the government of Ukraine and non-profit Osvitoria to create a Ukrainian version of Can’t Wait to Learn, a best-in-class education app for emergency contexts. Today, an official launch event will take place in Kyiv, with our CEO Ramin Shahzamani and Andrii Vitrenko, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine in attendance.


12 September 2022:
Reclaiming the Right to Learn for Ukraine’s Children

Since the war in Ukraine began around 2,300 educational institutions have been damaged and nearly 300 destroyed. Meanwhile, millions of children are on the move denied their fundamental right to education. In partnership with the Education Ministry and non-profit Osvitoria, War Child will launch its award-winning EdTech programme, Can’t Wait to Learn - helping children return to learning amid extreme conditions.


30 June 2022:
Ukraine Emergency Response

As the war in Ukraine enters its fifth month, more than five million people have fled seeking refuge in Europe. Nine in ten of these individuals are women and children.

Seeing this enormous need, we launched an emergency response. While we expand this response into Ukraine itself, we are also reaching thousands of children in Moldova, Romania and beyond.

Below is an overview on where we stand, what support we are providing and where:


Ukraine Update - Emergency Response

25 April 2022:
Alex (7) is Building a Paper Army To Defend His People From Attack

Alex will turn eight soon. Yet, due to the war in Ukraine, he's already lived through events that many adults will not have to experience in their lifetime. He wants to be a soldier when he grows up.


13 April 2022:
“Helping the Helpers” – Inside Our Ukraine Response

Child Protection Specialist Marianna Närhi arrives in Moldova as aid workers warn of an escalating refugee ‘protection crisis’. Alongside a team of War Child experts, she is providing training and guidance to local organisations based on more than 25 years of experience supporting children in war zones.

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Child Protection Specialist, Marianna, is providing training and guidance to local organisations, alongside a team of War Child experts.

6 April 2022:
First Aid For The Mind: Safeguarding Ukraine’s Refugee Children

War Child is providing protection and psychological first aid to children, parents and caretakers who fled the war in Ukraine. The response is focusing on Moldova which has received more refugees per capita than any other country to date.

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War Child's Psychological First Aid Team Reaches Moldova

Photo: Michael Jessurun

30 March 2022:
From Ukraine to Moldova - This is Ihor's (15) Story of Resilience

When the war in Ukraine reached his hometown, Ihor (15) and his family packed their bags and fled. Days later, they would arrive in a small village in neighbouring Moldova. As War Child and other humanitarian organisations move in to the country, the local community has banded together to support families. An escape from reality, Ihor spends his days playing Fortnite on the PlayStation. Here, he is the master of his own survival.

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Ihor (15) is from Mykolaiv, Ukraine - a once peaceful city that has now become the scene of heavy fighting.

Photo: Michael Jessurun

4 March 2022:
Platon (6) Fled With His Family From Kyiv, Ukraine

“We heard a loud boom and suddenly we all had to get in the car very quickly. After two days in a traffic jam, we got out and walked.” Six-year-old Platon fled the war in Kyiv with his brother, sister and parents. Now, the family are seeking shelter in an empty guesthouse in Romania.



Photo: Petar Masut

2 March 2022:
Moving to Support Children Fleeing Ukraine

War Child is preparing to train local organisations in psychological first aid and other mental health services. To address immediate dangers, we will also lend our expertise in child protection, exploring opportunities to set up War Child ‘Safe Spaces’ in Romania, Moldova and other vulnerable host countries.