On Friday, March 18, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met the European Commissioner for Humanitarian
Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The Head of Ukrainian
Government expressed his gratitude for providing by the
European Commission a new package of humanitarian aid worth EUR
20 million to support Ukrainian citizens, who had suffered from
hostilities in the East of Ukraine, and highly
appreciated the personal contribution of Christos Stylianides.
"We feel the support of the European
Commission for the Ukrainian people in
helping to solve the security and humanitarian challenges we face:
Russia waged its aggression against Ukraine;
Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk still remain in
temporary occupation", Yatsenyuk stressed,
reminding that Ukraine enumerates over a
million displaced people.
The European Commissioner assured of
the EU solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Despite
the fact that the agenda of the European Union still contains a number
of serious threats posed by the conflict
in Syria and the refugee crisis, assistance to Ukraine
still remains a priority, the European
These days when there have almost
passed two years since the annexation of Crimea, Christos Stylianides stressed that this
international problem is still in the agenda of the European Commission and
it demonstrates a strong position of
non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea
considering it a violation of international law and
supports the resolution of the UN General Assembly on this issue.
Along with the new funding in the amount
of € 20 million the total humanitarian assistance provided by the European
Commission to support those in need
in the Eastern Ukraine has exceeded € 63
million. Together with direct funding obtained from the EU
member countries since the beginning of 2014 the amount
of assistance allocated by the European Union to help the victims of
the conflict makes up over € 146 million.