Ukraine: EU provides winter support and boosts humanitarian aid by €175 million*

The European Commission will provide new emergency shelter and winterised facilities to Ukraine, as Russia’s war continues to destroy civilian infrastructure. Furthermore, the Commission will provide an additional €175 million in humanitarian assistance to support those most in need in Ukraine and Moldova. The announcement comes as Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, visited Ukraine yesterday to help coordinate one of the EU’s most extensive emergency response operations. During his visit, he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishyna; Head of the President of Ukraine’s Office, Andryi Yermak; and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Denys Monastyrsky. Commissioner Lenarčič said: “The upcoming winter is likely to bring major challenges to Ukraine and we must be prepared. Via our rescEU reserve, a temporary shelter capacity will be immediately deployed to three different regions in Ukraine: Rivne, Bucha and Kharkiv. In addition, the EU is boosting its humanitarian aid funding with further a €175 million to provide education, food, access to water, and protection from the cold winter for the most vulnerable. We are also working together by preparing a pathway for Ukraine to join the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.” The press release is available online.