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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
News article12 June 2024Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)1 min read

The European Union mobilises additional assistance to support Ukraine

In response to the extensive damage inflicted on Ukraine's energy infrastructure by Russia's targeted attacks, the European Union is stepping up its support with a deployment of additional resources. 

Over 1,000 power generators are being offered from the rescEU strategic reserves to help mitigate the energy shortages experienced by Ukraine. These generators are crucial for providing immediate relief, ensuring that essential services can continue to operate and that citizens have access to electricity during these difficult times. 

This assistance complements support offered by EU Member States and Participating States of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. 

Anticipating the harsh winter months ahead, the EU is also mobilising further rescEU stockpiles to provide essential shelter equipment and medical supplies. This comprehensive aid package aims to ensure the resilience and well-being of the Ukrainian population, with a focus on those displaced from communities close to the frontlines.

In addition to these efforts, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has played a pivotal role in coordinating the provision of more than 15,000 solar panels to Ukraine. This initiative not only supports immediate energy needs but also contributes to the sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine's energy sector. The deployment of solar panels will help diversify Ukraine's energy sources, reduce dependency on damaged infrastructure, and promote the use of renewable energy.

In addition, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has provided millions of emergency items to Ukraine across different sectors including shelter, rescue capacities, medical equipment, basic services and humanitarian demining, among others.

To date, more than 148,000 tonnes of multi sector assistance have been delivered to Ukraine by 27 Member States and 6 Participating States through the Mechanism, and over 3,400 Ukrainian patients have been evacuated to 22 recipient countries across Europe. This is the largest and most complex EU Civil Protection Mechanism operation to date. 

These actions underscore the EU’s commitment to supporting Ukraine following Russia’s war of aggression. in addressing both immediate and long-term needs, demonstrating solidarity and support for Ukraine's sovereignty and resilience.