As the conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its eighth year, the European Commission has announced €25.4 million in humanitarian aid to help people still suffering from the ongoing hostilities. This was stated by the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic during a meeting with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov in Brussels, the press service of the Ministry of Reintegration reports.
The announced 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. It will 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 elderly and people with disabilities, will be prioritised.
This brings the total of EU humanitarian aid to €190 million since the start of the conflict.
As we reported earlier, the European Commission allocated €50 million of grant funds for the support of the Ukrainian farmers as Deputy Director-General of European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Katarína Mathernová stated at “Ukraine 30. Land” forum.
“We have allocated €50 million during two years in the form of grants for support of petty farmers, particularly, to finance the purchase of land. It goes hand in hand with the necessity to develop a proper mortgage system,” Mathernová said.