EU announces additional €205 million to Ukraine
The EU is allocating another €205 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, as Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, visited Ukraine to meet humanitarian organisations and high-level Ukrainian government officials to help coordinate the EU's crisis response on the ground. This brings total EU humanitarian aid funding and the value of in-kind assistance to over €700 million in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, of which €13 million is dedicated to projects in neighbouring Moldova.
In addition to financial humanitarian assistance, the EU has mobilised all possible resources to enable aid into Ukraine, which includes:
- Via the largest ever mobilization of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, all 27 Member States, as well as Turkey, Norway and North Macedonia have provided more than 38,000 tonnes of aid including first aid kits, food, protective clothing, but also strategic equipment like fire trucks, mobile hospitals and energy supplies have been delivered to Ukraine with a financial value of €373 million. Given the scale of this operation, the EU has established logistics hubs in neighbouring Poland, Romania and Slovakia to expedite the deliveries. Two EU funded humanitarian warehouses and logistics operations have also been set up in Ukraine.
- Over 500 patients from Ukraine in need of continued treatment or urgent medical assistance have been transferred to European hospitals through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism from Ukraine, Moldova and bordering countries. The main destination countries have been so far Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.
- The EU has mobilised its rescEU emergency reserve to deliver key medical equipment from the rescEU medical stockpiles hosted by Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Greece, adding a new medical evacuation plane to its fleet to help transfer the patients in need of urgent healthcare to hospitals in Europe. In the context of Ukraine crisis, the EU also coordinated the first rescEU mobilisation from the private sector to help deliver private donations to Ukraine.
EU humanitarian partners are ensuring that assistance reaches the most vulnerable people, even in the restricted areas. They are providing cash assistance, water, food, healthcare, protection and emergency shelter to affected civilians. As of yesterday, EU-funded cash assistance programmes have already reached 1.59 million people. This is helping them to purchase items they need the most, while simultaneously contributing to the local economy.
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