Since gaining independence in 1991, Ukraine has veered between seeking closer ties with Western Europe or increasing links with Russia.

In 2013, mass political protests erupted surrounding the issue, and President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. Tensions between the capital Kiev and Russian-backed separatists plunged the eastern regions into war.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first began working in Ukraine in 1999. Our recent work has focused on providing medical and psychological treatment to those who would be otherwise excluded, including communities on the frontline of the conflict.