After months of rising tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation (RF), there was a significant escalation in armed hostilities in Ukraine as of 24 February 2022. Intense conflict is ongoing across major cities, including the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson and Odessa, as well as in the oblasts of Donetska and Luhanska. The Government of Ukraine has declared a State of Emergency.
The ETC was activated in Ukraine on 3 March, and is deploying cyber security solutions and VSATs to provide secure networks and back-up connectivity to humanitarians, while working to obtain approvals for the establishment of radio security communications.
Additionally, the ETC is working with other clusters to facilitate coordinated messaging to the affected population through the ETC Chatbot.