EU boosts humanitarian aid to Ukraine

On March 16 and 17, Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, visited Ukraine. On the eve of his visit, the European Commission announced a new humanitarian aid package with a budget of €20 million to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict in the eastern part of the country. Since 2014, the EU has provided assistance of over 146 million. That is in addition to the direct funding Ukraine has received from EU member states. “The support will boost our on-going aid operations, reaching the most vulnerable people both in government-held areas and non-government-held areas,” said Stylianides commenting on the new instalment of humanitarian aid. “Despite the decrease in violations of 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.” Read more