15:25 20 Feb 2024

EU allocates €83 mln worth of humanitarian aid to Ukraine and Moldova

The European Commission has announced its decision to provide additional humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and Moldova, totaling €83 million. 

These funds will help overcome the consequences of Russian aggression and alleviate the situation for displaced persons, Rubryka reports.

"Russia is carrying out deliberate attacks against key energy and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, including hospitals, schools, and energy networks, seriously impeding people's access to basic social services," the EC said, adding that, according to estimates, over 14.6 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance.

€75 million will be allocated to support humanitarian projects in Ukraine to provide emergency assistance and ensure access to basic needs such as shelter, drinking water, education, and healthcare.

Another €8 million will be directed to humanitarian projects in Moldova to provide targeted assistance to the most vulnerable groups, including providing them with financial support and ensuring protection and access to the healthcare system.

With this funding, the European Commission has provided over €926 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion. Of this amount, €860 million was allocated for humanitarian projects in Ukraine and €66 million for support to neighboring Moldova, which hosts many Ukrainian refugees.

During this time, the European Commission, through the Civil Protection Mechanism, sent over 140,000 tons of emergency assistance to Ukraine, including hospital equipment, heating supplies, generators, medications, and more.

"We commend the resilience and steadfastness of Ukrainians, but it is evident that in the conditions of war, about 40 percent of them are in need of humanitarian assistance. To support the most vulnerable, the EU is providing €75 million for Ukraine and €8 million for Moldova in 2024. We continue to closely monitor the needs on the ground to promptly respond to the most urgent humanitarian challenges," said Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management.

Since the start of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, the EU and its member states have been providing political, economic, financial, humanitarian, and military assistance to Ukraine, reaching nearly €90 billion.

The Swedish government has allocated almost €11 million to support women and girls in Ukraine and Moldova.

The support reinforces Ukraine's and Moldova's efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of women and girls and advance their opportunities and rights in the short and long term.

This package also aims to help restore and strengthen the Ukrainian healthcare system and infrastructure, which have been severely affected by Russian attacks.

In Moldova, Swedish financial support will be directed to assist internally displaced women and girls.

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