European Commission Additionally Appropriates EUR 4 Million Humanitarian Aid to East Ukraine
The European Commission has additionally appropriated EUR 4 million urgent humanitarian aid to East Ukraine. The total volume of the humanitarian aid provided by the EU to Ukraine in 2016 has increased to EUR 26.4 million, the EU Representative Office to Ukraine reported on December 12.
“Humanitarian aspects of the crisis in East Ukraine remain the major priority in our action plan”, Christos Stylianidis, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said.
“These additional funds will help thousands of people who need urgent aid survive during the winter season”, he added.
The EU support will reportedly be provided through partner humanitarian organisations which provide humanitarian aid to most vulnerable and conflict-affected people in East Ukraine.
“The aid includes food products, water, shelters, psychological support and other urgent aid, including coal for heating purposes. The focus will be on the protection of population and the necessary access to medical services, vital medicines and specialised medical assistance”, the report says.
According to the EU, over 3.1 million people need humanitarian aid due to the conflict in East Ukraine. The European Union and its member countries have provided humanitarian aid amounted to EUR 371 million since the conflict started in April 2014.