European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

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Saving lives amongst the ruins. Shattered homes bear silent witness to the ferocity of the fighting. © People in need

What are the needs?

Millions of people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian aid due to the conflict in the eastern part of the country. Continued fighting has led to increased vulnerability and displacement of people both inside Ukraine and beyond its borders.

The security situation remains unstable and volatile, and continued ceasefire violations seriously impact the daily lives of people living near the contact line.  

The conflict-affected populations continue to face shortages of essential goods such as food, medicine and health care, basic household items, clean water and shelter. Basic services cannot be ensured in all areas due to damage to the infrastructure, electricity grid and water supply systems, as well as to the continued hostilities which are limiting access for humanitarian organisations.

How are we helping?

The EU has kept the humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Ukraine high on its agenda from the early days of the conflict and stands ready to further scale up its support based on needs and as required by the situation.

The EU – European Commission and Member States combined – have contributed around €399 million in humanitarian and early recovery aid to the people of Ukraine in a joint gesture of solidarity since the beginning of the crisis. In addition to financial aid, in-kind assistance has been provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The European Commission's humanitarian funding addresses the basic needs of the population in the areas directly affected by the conflict. Focus is on the most vulnerable: children, elderly, single parent households living in the areas near the contact line and in the non-government-controlled areas. About 55% of the Commission's funds for the Ukraine crisis target people in non-government-controlled areas.

EU humanitarian aid goes to internally displaced people and to refugees who have fled the conflict areas, as well as to returnees. EU humanitarian aid is distributed when possible in the form of cash and vouchers, allowing maximum efficiency and preserving the dignity of the affected people. Cash assistance allows recipients to buy essential items of their choice at the local shops and markets.

The EU's humanitarian assistance is delivered through the Commission's humanitarian partner organisations, including UN agencies, Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations.

The European Commission provides relief to the most vulnerable communities, irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, and of the area they live in or have fled to. The Commission is also assisting Ukrainian refugees in Belarus and Russia through the national Red Cross Societies in the respective countries. All EU humanitarian assistance is based solely on needs.


Last updated 07/07/2017