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Word “library” is written in Cyrillic script on the building behind the local market that burned down in the bombing of Kharkiv city by the Russian forces. Kharkiv city, Ukraine, 25 May 2022. © Tetiana Gaviuk/Nonviolent Peaceforce
Our Work In Ukraine

The need for protection in Ukraine

As the emergency situation continues and the conflict persists, communities are increasingly in need of protection, and access to life-saving information, aid, and assistance.

Even though international actors reestablished their presence in Ukraine in early 2022, the bulk of humanitarian response in de-occupied and frontline areas continue to be carried out by local Ukrainian organizations and informal volunteer networks—all with little support from the international community. 

From children to people with disabilities and illnesses, to elderly people and those in hospitals or institutions, there are many who are either displaced, unable, or unwilling to evacuate, putting them at direct risk of harm from the conflict. Furthermore, these people also have limited access to essential services such as food, medicine, or shelter, which are often distributed by international actors in central locations only. Again, local Ukrainians take on the risk to distribute this much needed aid to those in harm’s way and close to the frontlines.  

NP's work in Ukraine

By NP works along the safe passage route (displacement corridor), de-occupied and frontline areas in south and north of Ukraine, providing unarmed protection to civilians, most often in partnership with local volunteer collectives and organizations. 

By proactively engaging with war-affected communities and response actors, NP teams have facilitated enhanced and safer access to humanitarian services for populations with special needs in  underserved and hard to reach areas. We disseminate information to civilians escaping violence on available essential humanitarian services available to them. We evacuate people from the frontlines and provide safe houses and accompaniment to needed services.

NP also works to improve the safety and security of local organizations and first responders while supporting them to continue and expand their civilian protection efforts in Ukraine, paving the way for early recovery efforts. This has included providing local partners who are bearing the brunt of the emergency response with life insurance, pyschological support, personal protective equipment (like protective vests), fuel, volunteer stipends, and numerous protection themed trainings (early warning early response, distribution safety, first aid training etc). At our volunteer hubs, local Ukrainians can access this wide variety of support. NP both increases the safety of those doing the riskiest work to protect others, while providing the care to sustain their efforts.  

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The future of NP's work in Ukraine

NP will continue to focus on addressing urgent civilian protection needs for vulnerable communities across Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson Oblasts. The team will continue to provide protection for communities in hard-to-reach places and connect them to humanitarian services like food, water, and medicine.  


Word “library” is written in Cyrillic script on the building behind the local market that burned down in the bombing of Kharkiv city by the Russian forces. Kharkiv city, Ukraine, 25 May 2022. © Tetiana Gaviuk/Nonviolent Peaceforce

Population: 43.5M (2021)

Internally Displaced: 5.35M

Refugees Outside Ukraine: 8.1M

Humanitarian Need: 17.6M
GPI Ranking of Peaceful Countries: #153 out of 163

Ukraine program began in 2022

Our Impact

Between November 2022 - February 2023, NP in Ukraine:
civilians involved in 20 different protective accompaniments, facilitating their safe access to humanitarian services, transit through Ukrainian military checkpoints, and relocation from places of danger.
community members reached through humanitarian aid distributions (108 distributions in Kherson and 37 in Mykolaiv) made possible through NP’s support to 13 volunteer collectives
mine awareness materials distributed across all project locations (Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kyiv)

Our Team in Ukraine

Head of Mission: Tanya Walmsley Current work start: Feb 2022
First NP presence: 2014

"Now that I will have a passport, I will be able to register in Mykolaiv

and at the social center to receive a free referral for rehabilitation due to my disability. I express my sincere gratitude to Nonviolent Peaceforce and all your employees for their assistance in reissuing my passport. God bless you! Good health to you all! Hugs to everyone!"

- Victoria
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Today, the level of violent conflict is increasing across the globe. This violence isn’t solving problems … it’s making the world more dangerous for us all. But you and I know there is another way. For 20 years, NP has been on the ground protecting civilians and working side-by-side with local communities to resolve conflicts. What makes our work truly remarkable is we do it all through unarmed strategies, and the extraordinary generosity of caring friends like you.

Updates from the Ground

May 24

Community Protection: Lending a Hand, Lending a Bulletproof Vest

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U.S. Cluster Munition Coalition Letter to Biden

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Oct 9

Mandatory response & evacuations in Kherson

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