Ukraine: EU coordinates convoy of firefighting trucks from Italy to Ukraine

Ukraine: EU coordinates convoy of firefighting trucks from Italy to Ukraine

May 6, 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine has led to the unfathomable destruction of infrastructure and critical equipment. The EU is coordinating and co-financing deliveries of material assistance from Europe to Ukraine, ranging from immediate relief items like medicine and food, to more strategic equipment such as mobile hospitals and fire engines.

This week, a large convoy of 45 vehicles is on its way to Ukraine. This crucial firefighting equipment offered by Italy via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism includes 41 trucks, 3 special-use vehicles, and 1 trailer.

On 2 May, the fire engines were loaded on trains in Italy, and they have now arrived at the EU’s logistics hub in Slovakia. 

This fire engine convoy is part of the largest-ever operation coordinated via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. All EU countries, plus Norway and Turkey have already offered life-saving items to Ukraine via the Mechanism.

As the amount of assistance has reached unprecedented levels, the EU has set up logistics hubs in neighbouring countries to facilitate the aid delivery. As of today, over 26,000 tonnes of aid, including medical supplies, mobile hospitals, shelter, ambulances, food and energy equipment has been shipped to Ukraine via the logistics hubs in Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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