The 5 years of war in Ukraine have killed 3,300 civilians, injured nearly 9,000 civilians, damaged or destroyed 50,000 buildings, and left nearly 3.5 million people in need of assistance.

With support from CIVIC, Ukraine has drafted a national strategy to better protect civilians where fighting is underway in the east of the country and to provide assistance to those affected by the conflict. Ukraine has the opportunity to become one of the first countries in the world – and one of the first to do so while addressing a conflict on its own soil – to enforce this strategic approach to civilian protection.

This year, the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up protection of civilians on its agenda, is a key opportunity for Ukraine to adopt – and implement – its groundbreaking policy. In doing so, it would better address the needs of its people while moving the country closer to NATO, UN, and EU standards. This video was produced within the “Building Capacity for Civilian Protection in the East of Ukraine” project implemented by CIVIC with support of the EU.