Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Kyiv has received about 90,000 tonnes of aid in kind through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
“This is by far the most complex, largest and longest operation within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in its entire history,” DW quotes European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič as saying.
According to him, the aid has been provided in the form of food products, medicines, vehicles, generators, transformers, and equipment for repairing power grids and other critical infrastructure facilities.
“We even delivered such things as sunflower seeds and equipment for the protection of cultural monuments,” Lenarčič said.
He added that more than 2,000 patients and wounded from Ukraine were treated in more than 20 EU countries.
As a reminder, Ukraine officially joined the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on 20 April 2023. Within the framework of this mechanism, the EU Member States and other countries cooperate in matters of preparedness and response to crises and disasters.
As a member of the Mechanism, Ukraine will have access to expert exchanges, educational programs and trainings, and can also provide assistance to states in crisis.