On 27 May, the European Commission announced an additional €25.4 million in humanitarian aid to help people still suffering from ongoing hostilities in Ukraine. This brings the total of EU humanitarian aid to €190 million since the start of the conflict in 2014.
“The conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to take a heavy toll on civilians, while the attention of the media and international community is fading. The EU continues to address the humanitarian needs on both sides of the contact line,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management. “While our help remains there for those largely suffering in silence, lasting solutions for peace and stability must be pursued.”
The funding will help the conflict-affected people access healthcare, including better preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and protection services such as legal support. It will help to repair damaged houses, schools and hospitals.
The new funding will also provide the most vulnerable people with means to meet their basic needs and support access to safe water and education in emergencies. The needs of vulnerable people, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, will be prioritised.
Since March 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has affected over 5.2 million people, 3.4 million of whom are still in need of humanitarian assistance. People have difficulty to sustain their livelihoods and access food, while the mental health and psychosocial situation is also deteriorating.
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