The Commission is coordinating a new aid delivery of over 1,800 tonnes in emergency assistance this month, including in the area of energy, to support Ukraine via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This brings the total material aid channeled to Ukraine to 74,000 tonnes in the value of over €450 million and comes on top of the €523 million in financial humanitarian assistance already provided since Russia's illegal invasion. The latest support comes from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Sweden which includes energy supplies, shelter items, first aid skits, protecting clothing, firefighting equipment, water trucks and buses amongst others. All EU Member States have sent support to Ukraine via the Mechanism.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “The destruction of Ukraine's energy infrastructure is reaching a critical point. On the eve of winter, people are being cut off electricity and heating. The key priority of our humanitarian operations today is to scale up winterisation assistance. The EU is working around the clock to help sustain the electricity supply in Ukraine. Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, we are delivering power generators and vital energy equipment to Ukraine. I want to extend my strongest gratitude to every country that continues to help Ukraine and I hope that the private sector will also step up in this respect. This is the best demonstration of EU solidarity in action.”
In addition, the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre is coordinating medical evacuations of wounded or ill Ukrainians to hospitals across Europe.
Moreover, the EU's humanitarian partners are already reaching vulnerable populations in Kherson with vital supplies like food, water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and critical household items.
This morning, Commissioner Lenarčič gave a press briefing with more information. The video can be watched again here and photos are available here.
- Publication date
- 17 November 2022
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations