All 27 EU Member States, as well as Norway and Turkey, have now offered help to Ukraine via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the largest ever activation of the Mechanism.
The assistance includes over 80 million items such as first aid kits, shelter equipment, firefighting equipment, water pumps, power generators, and fuel, and the EU keeps receiving new offers every day.
Neighbouring countries Moldova, Poland and Slovakia have also requested assistance via the Mechanism in light of the large influx of people fleeing the war, and several EU countries have responded by offering shelter items, medicines, hygiene kits and power generators.
Furthermore, the EU is allocating additional €3 million in humanitarian funding to Moldova. This new funding will support Ukrainians forced to flee their country by providing winterisation items and shelters, protection services, transportation and access to healthcare, but also cash assistance.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, who is currently in Romania to meet with the authorities and coordinate EU support to help those arriving from Ukraine, said yesterday: “Europe is witnessing the worst humanitarian catastrophe since World War II. In this dark hour, we also see the generosity of European countries as they come together to support the people of Ukraine who have been dragged to this war against their will.”
To efficiently manage the exceptionally high amount of deliveries, logistical hubs have been set up in Poland and Romania with the support of the European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre. These hubs will gather the assistance offered by Member States and dispatch it to Ukraine.
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