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EU raises humanitarian aid to Ukraine's most affected

Humanitarian assistance underway to Ukraine.

The European Commission is providing an additional €2.5 million in humanitarian aid to help address some of the basic needs of the civilians most affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

The funds will cover basic necessities for some 293 000 internally displaced and refugees including shelter, food, water, healthcare, psycho-social assistance and protection in preparation for the coming winter. In addition, support will be provided to improve the registration system for those who have fled the conflict areas, and those going back home to recovered areas by the Ukrainian military.

"We are moving to help some of the most vulnerable victims of this conflict. These civilians, many of them women and children, have been forced to flee their homes at a short notice, leaving behind even the most necessary belongings. They need our help to live through the months ahead - especially with winter looming," said EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, adding "I call on all sides of this conflict to facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations and allow for the provision of assistance to the civilian population in need, irrespective of who and where they are."

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