Two years ago, the world watched in horror as tensions between Russia and Ukraine erupted into a full-blown conflict, marking the beginning of a dark chapter in the region’s history.  The international community has rallied behind Ukraine, providing humanitarian aid, diplomatic support, and solidarity in the face of aggression. Yet, despite these efforts, the war rages on and the needs of the Ukrainian people are not featured as prominently in today’s news cycle. On this solemn anniversary, IILA calls on the wider community to continue to be informed about the state of the conflict and current options for Ukrainian nationals in the United States to better support these vulnerable neighbors among us.

The full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24th, 2022 has left a devastating impact on both countries and the wider international community. The annexation of Crimea, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the humanitarian crisis that ensued have resulted in loss of life, displacement of millions, and profound suffering for countless individuals and families. As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, millions of innocent civilians are fleeing their homes in search of safety and refuge. The humanitarian situation is dire, with families torn apart, lives shattered, and futures uncertain. In the face of this unfolding tragedy, it is imperative that the United States government increase its support for Ukrainian refugees, creating pathways for their arrival and access to needed resources.

In light of the anniversary, USCRI (U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants)–IILA’s national partner in resettlement—will be offering an informative webinar on current national policies regarding Ukrainian refugees and parolees. IILA encourages our supporters and all Ukrainian allies to join in learning more and taking action to advocate for our Ukrainian neighbors.