Humanitarian project of Pope Francis "Pope for Ukraine" has several million euros donated by European citizens for Ukrainians affected by the war in Donbas, the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
According to "Interfax-Ukraine", Cardinal started the project “Pope for Ukraine” on Thursday at a meeting with journalists in Zaporizhya temple of God the Father of Mercy. It was created to provide humanitarian assistance to needy Ukrainians, victims of the hostilities in Donbas.
Vatican will provide humanitarian assistance in the form of food, medicines, and shelter to internally displaced residents from Donbas, citizens of the "gray zone" and uncontrolled territories of Ukraine Luhansk and Donetsk regions and other eastern regions of Ukraine - Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
The Vatican hopes to involve the representatives of the United Nations to transfer the aid to people living in the war zones.
According to Pietro Parolin, current project "Pope for Ukraine" has several million euros gathered by church members from all over Europe, and a "parts of these millions were donated to Ukrainians by Pope Francis himself".