As the humanitarian situation in Ukraine worsens and neighboring countries receive Ukrainians fleeing their country, the European Commission is working on all fronts to provide emergency assistance.
The Commission announces an additional €90 million for emergency aid programs to help civilians affected by the war in Ukraine, as part of an urgent aid appeal by the United Nations. The funding will help people inside Ukraine and in Moldova. This new EU humanitarian aid will provide food, water, health, shelter and help cover their basic needs.
The Commission is also coordinating the delivery of material assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Ukraine, with offers from currently 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands – which includes 8 million essential medical care items and civil protection support. The first truckload from Slovenia arrived in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
Moldova has activated the Mechanism to support Ukrainians arriving in their country. Already Austria, France, and the Netherlands offered emergency support such as shelter items and medical assistance to Moldova. The Commission is in constant contact with other neighboring countries of Ukraine and stands ready to provide further assistance as requested.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “Civilians are paying the highest price of the illegal Russian military aggression on Ukraine. The war risks displacing millions of Ukrainians, leading to a sharp rise in humanitarian needs. Inside Ukraine, but also in neighboring countries where Ukrainians seek safety. The EU stands in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people and our initial funding will allow our humanitarian partners to deliver urgently needed assistance. I urge the entire international donor community to also generously respond.”