EU announces EUR 18 mln in humanitarian aid for Ukraine
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced additional funding for people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine during his visit to the country, the EU Delegation to Ukraine reported Monday, February 20.
"The recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, and its impact on the civilian population, is of great concern," said Commissioner Christos Stylianides.
"Here today in Bakhmut, I want to tell the Ukrainian people: you are not alone," he said. "All civilians in need must be helped, on both sides of the contact line."
He said that the new aid package would "help humanitarian partners in eastern Ukraine to cover urgent medical, shelter, water and sanitation needs."
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Around 50% of the Commission's humanitarian assistance targets people in need in non-government controlled areas, the press service reported.
Together with the funding provided directly by the Member States, the EU as a whole has directed over EUR 399 million in humanitarian and recovery aid to those affected by the conflict since early 2014, according to the report.
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