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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Fleeing Ukraine through the eyes of Polina

“War is the most terrible thing in the world.” Polina, a 19-year-old student from Ukraine, left Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion. Follow her steps, the journey to uncertain future starts here.

Story by People in Need, a Czech NGO and a long-standing humanitarian partner of the EU in Ukraine. With EU humanitarian funding, People in Need has supported hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine since 2014, by providing safe drinking water, sanitation, cash assistance, and psychosocial support. Starting from 2017, the EU extended its funding to the ACCESS Consortium led by People in Need.