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Navigating humanitarian dilemmas in the Ukraine crisis


Written by Patrick Saez

Image credit:Hannah Bass

The Ukraine crisis presents heightened tensions and dilemmas for humanitarian actors – some familiar, others new. These are informed by a fraught geopolitical context and a rapid series of developments. What are these dilemmas, and what are the five determinants that are likely to play a key role in raising a number of critical questions?

This paper presents an introduction to these questions, which all humanitarian actors engaged in the Ukraine crisis will face – and, indeed, have already come up against.

In the coming weeks and months, the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG), with support from the British Red Cross, will convene a series of public events and private roundtables with key stakeholders in the Ukraine response to discuss ways to manage some of these dilemmas. Sign up to the HPG newsletter to stay up to date.