Red Cross in Ukraine: Your questions answered
False information about components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and our response to the Ukraine crisis has been spreading. This misinformation prevents essential assistance from getting to people in need and puts humanitarian lives at risk, including Red Cross volunteers and staff on the ground. This page addresses frequently asked questions about the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s work during the Ukraine crisis. It will be regularly updated with new information and questions.
First, let's explain our Movement
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which we often shorten to 'the Movement', is made up of three independent components:
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. There are 192 National Societies around the world, including the Ukrainian Red Cross and the Russian Red Cross.
In Ukraine, as with any crisis, disaster or conflict, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC, and the ICRC are working together in complementarity. We all work according to our respective mandates and are guided by our seven Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles.
The questions and answers below pertain to the IFRC's work in Ukraine. For information regarding the ICRC's activities in Ukraine, please visit this dedicated page on their website.