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Ever since the second week of the full-scale invasion, Be an Angel has been on the ground in Ukraine conducting rescue operations, providing humanitarian aid and developing sustainable refugee support practices.

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Crisis Report

Last update: 24 May 2024

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The Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 marked a dramatic escalation of an eight-year conflict, which had been largely confined to the east of the country and precipitated a massive humanitarian crisis.

The invasion was characterized by widespread missile strikes, ground assaults, and significant battles across various regions, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol. The swift and brutal nature of the invasion led to immediate and severe destruction of infrastructure, widespread displacement of civilians, and a significant loss of life. Millions were forced to flee Ukraine to neighboring host countries on a scale not witnessed in Europe for decades. These massive numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Everything from housing and basic needs to socio-economic inclusion and education in neighboring countries has been difficult and challenging. Hundreds of shelters and refugee centers have been placed within and along the border of Ukraine, providing temporary housing during the initial brutal winter months of the invasion.

The war has also precipitated an economic crisis, significantly affecting family incomes, alongside an energy crisis that has severely impacted the livelihoods and well-being of children and their families. Estimates at the end of 2022 indicated that over 20% of Ukraine’s population had fallen into poverty, approximately 7.1 million people.  Despite the dangers of war and economic challenges, many families have made the decision to return home. As of March 2024, Across the country, more than 3.7 million people are internally displaced, while 4.6 million people have returned to their place of origin, including 1.4 million who have returned to the east and south.  Half of those who have returned to the east or south cited no accessible schools and a quarter cited insufficient public water supply, requiring systematic recovery efforts.

The Ukrainian population is also experiencing a severely limited access to essential services. Over 1,657 healthcare facilities have been reported as damaged or destroyed, leading to fatalities and serious injuries among patients and medical staff, including children, and hindering healthcare access. Access to educational services has been severely affected, with nearly two million students, or half of all students, unable to access full time face-to-face learning. More than 2619 educational institutions have been damaged and 406 destroyed.

Over 2,321 schools across the frontlines have closed for safety reasons, forcing students to rely on online or blended education. To further compound the issue, a recent UNICEF report estimates that children in frontline areas have been forced to spend between 3,000 to 5,000 hours sheltering in basements in the last two years.

Ukraine Crisis Report 2024 - Be an Angel

Office Contact Details

Headquarters: Odesa, Ukraine


Working hours:

  • Monday: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Tuesday: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Wednesday: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Thursday: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Friday: 08:30 – 17:30

Our Response

Impact Briefing

Be an Angel has been on the ground since March 4th, 2022 in Moldova and southeast Ukraine. The operations began by chartering buses to evacuate refugees from the Odesa region to Moldova, and then subsequently to Germany. Prior to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Be an Angel Germany had been active since 2015 with assisting and campaigning for refugees to receive housing, funding and legal residency status within Germany. Built upon years of relationships and experience, Be an Angel Germany was best suited to bring Ukrainian refugees to Germany and to work together with local authorities to find them temporary housing and comfortable living situations.

Throughout the following months, a Be an Angel network was established with headquarters in Odesa, Ukraine and Chisinau, Moldova. A system was put in place to work together with the regional administration of Mykolaiv, a city which was under siege and heavy bombardment. Buses were charted and driven to Mykolaiv to evacuate civilians fleeing and brought overnight to stay in shelters in Moldova before being brought to Germany. In addition to evacuations, the teams in Moldova, Ukraine and Germany provided individual case work for more difficult cases and administered the coordination of large-scale humanitarian aid operations.

Friends of Be an Angel, the sister organization of Be an Angel in the United States, was founded in late 2022. There, the team focused on acquiring, transporting and coordinating the distribution of over 4923 tons of humanitarian aid. In addition to their relief operations, several other projects were launched in partnership with the Ombudsman Office of Ukraine, parliament of Ukraine and more.

refugees evacuated out of Ukraine
+ 10000
tons of humantarian aid delivered
+ 1000
million Euros of aid delivered
0 +
pediatric patients evacuated
+ 0
generators donated to civilians
+ 500
collaborations in 10 countries
+ 45

Our support structures

Frontline Rescue

  • evacuations for civilians in frontline regions
  • complex medical evacuations for high-risk patients
  • long term asylum support in neighboring countries

aid and support

  • Providing medicine and medical equipment to hospitals and clinics
  • Preparing care packages for widows and single mothers
  • Large scale energy infrastructure support

Supporting Kobleve IDP Center

  • Assisting with housing and safety for 240 internally displaced persons in Kobleva
  • Coordinating with partners to provide long-term, sustainable support.

Saving Children with Rare Diseases

  • Evacuation to neighboring countries where treatment is available
  • Providing medical support and long-term housing for families


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