Briefing note

Winterisation assistance - Central and Eastern Europe

Published 30. Nov 2022
Since the escalation of the international armed conflict in Ukraine in February of this year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been responding to the increasing humanitarian needs in Central and Eastern Europe, as a result of the war.

Through its Country Offices in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and Poland, NRC is providing humanitarian assistance both directly and through national partner organisations to people in need.

As a result of widespread hostilities in Ukraine, millions of people have fled from their homes, including an estimated 6,975,000 displaced inside Ukraine and up to 7,643,944 people who have fled to neighbouring countries or further afield across Europe. The humanitarian community estimates there are nearly 18 million people in need in Ukraine.

Plummeting winter temperatures, a shortage of shelter and rising fuel costs are likely to exacerbate already existing vulnerabilities amongst people affected by this conflict, and subsequently worsen the humanitarian situation, including for internally displaced people and refugee hosting communities. Targeting and destruction of vital civilian infrastructure needed for water, electricity and heating in Ukraine will also accelerate displacement as winter approaches, as people seek warm and safe shelter.

Download the briefing note for a summary of NRC’s planned winterisation assistance.


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Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, Ukraine Humanitarian Pooled Fund, USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UNHCR, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Belgium Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.