EU steps up humanitarian assistance for Ukraine by €20 millionStaff writer ▼ | March 17, 2016
The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian response to help people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with a new humanitarian aid package worth €20 million.
Humanitarian response To help people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine
"The EU remains as committed as ever to supporting the Ukrainian people. Ukraine needs to stay high on our agenda. Today we are announcing new support to help people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
"The support will boost our on-going aid operations, reaching the most vulnerable people both in government and non-government-held areas. Despite the decrease in breaches to the ceasefire, the impact of the violence on the civilian population remains a humanitarian concern.
"It is essential that humanitarian aid gets to all vulnerable people affected by the conflict swiftly, safely and impartially", European Commissioner Christos Stylianides said.
An estimated 3.1 million people are still in need of assistance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. About 55% of the Commission's humanitarian assistance targets people in need in non-government controlled areas.
The new funding brings the Commission's total humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people hit by the conflict in Ukraine to over €63 million, in addition to important bilateral assistance from a number of EU Member States.
Together with the funding provided directly by the Member States, the EU as a whole has directed over €146 million of aid to those affected by the conflict since early 2014. ■