In light of the soaring humanitarian needs in Ukraine, the EU has allocated another EUR 205 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, bringing the total EU humanitarian aid funding to EUR 700 million in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The relevant statement was published on the website of the European Commission, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“In light of the soaring humanitarian needs in Ukraine, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, visits Ukraine today to meet humanitarian organisations and high level Ukrainian government officials to help coordinate the EU’s crisis response on the ground. On the occasion, the EU today is allocating another EUR 205 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. This brings total EU humanitarian aid funding and the value of in-kind assistance to over EUR 700 million in response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, of which EUR 13 million is dedicated to projects in neighbouring Moldova,” the report states.

All 27 Member States, as well as Turkey, Norway and North Macedonia 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 EUR 373 million. Such goods were delivered via logistics hubs established in Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Two EU-funded humanitarian warehouse and logistics operations were also set up in Ukraine.

Over 500 patients from Ukraine in need of continued treatment or urgent medical assistance were transferred to European hospitals. The main destination countries were Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

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 today, EU-funded cash assistance programmes have already reached 1.59 million people with a monthly grant of UAH 2,200. This is helping them to purchase items they need the most, while simultaneously contributing to the local economy.