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The Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis: Responses to Refugees and Internally Displaced Civilians

Sunday, March 13, 2022

The Yale MacMillan Center’s European Studies Council (ESC), the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses (PRFDHR), and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program (REEES) hosted a panel to hear first-hand the experiences from a war correspondent, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime-Minister’s advisor, and the Director of the Stabilization Program in Ukraine, how they are coping with this rapid influx, trying to assist the refugees and organize and scale-up the international community to best support and protect them.


  • Olga Ivanova, Program Director, Stabilization Support Services (Ukraine)
  • Mauro Mondello, freelance reporter, war correspondent, documentary filmmaker, 2020 Yale World Fellow
  • Olena Sotnyk, Deputy Prime-Minister’s advisor, Member of Ukrainian Parliament 2014-2019, 2019 Yale World Fellow
  • Moderated by: Molly Brunson, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of the History of Art and Director of the Yale Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

As of March 10, 2022, over two million people have fled Ukraine to escape the terror of war, making it the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Yugoslav Wars. Women with children, older adults and civilians from several nationalities are trying to escape to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and even Russia separating families and leaving behind their homes, their relatives and friends, and all their belongings. Others are fleeing their hometowns and are forcibly displaced within Ukraine to escape the shelling, violence and occupation.

Listing of Humanitarian Support Organizations – Sent by our Panelists from the March 10 Webinar on the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis to Share with Viewers:

  • Charity Foundation Stabilization Support Services in Ukraine (link)
  • National Bank of Ukraine’s Fundraising Account for Humanitarian Assistance to Ukrainians Affected by Russia’s Aggression (link)