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Community Health J Prim Care. 2022 Jan-Dec;13:21501319221095358. doi: 10.1177/21501319221095358.
On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, marking the largest military attack in Europe since World War II. More than 4 million people fled their homeland in the first month of the war and sparked a major refugee crisis with repercussions far beyond the Ukrainian border. Residents of neighboring countries have shown tremendous support by stepping forward to donate food, clothing, medicine, cash and other essential supplies. Governments and other regional stakeholders have also provided support to accommodate and relax regulations for incoming refugees. Here we summarize the humanitarian measures and medical donations that have been made by European countries as they step up their efforts to provide refugees with all necessary basic services. We further highlight potential challenges ahead in Ukraine and host countries, as well as relevant solutions to these challenges. The current scenario highlights the need for multi-stakeholder and multi-level (public and private) collaborations to address the emerging situation.