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New Danish aid package to ensure urgent and life-saving emergency assistance for Ukraine’s most vulnerable.

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Two years after Russia invaded Ukraine, nearly 15 million people, according to the UN, are in need of emergency assistance. This amounts to about 40% of the population still residing in Ukraine. The war particularly affects the most vulnerable Ukrainians, including women, children, and those displaced. Therefore, the government is contributing 250 million kroner to help the hardest-hit Ukrainians meet basic needs.

While Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy Dan Jørgensen and his European ministerial colleagues met in Brussels today to discuss, among other things, the war in Ukraine, the Danish government announced a new humanitarian aid package for Ukraine.

“The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is extremely serious. Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced, thousands of homes have been destroyed, hospitals have been bombed, and basic necessities like water, warmth, and electricity are scarce resources for many Ukrainians. Particularly in areas close to the front, the situation has reached a catastrophic level. Many women and children are especially vulnerable. We must help them. Therefore, we have decided that with the new aid package, we must ensure urgent and life-saving emergency aid and protection efforts aimed at the most vulnerable groups,” said Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jørgensen.

The aid package aims to provide basic emergency assistance such as food, medicine, water, and shelter to Ukrainians in the hardest-hit areas.

It focuses especially on protecting particularly vulnerable population groups. This includes the many millions of Ukrainian children suffering from the consequences of war and in need of safe environments, social activities, and support to continue their education despite the ongoing conflict.

Additionally, the package contributes to efforts to prevent and combat the unique risks faced by girls and women, including the risk of violence and sexual abuse, psychosocial support, and obstetric care.

The funds are allocated to support:

  • Humanitarian efforts through the government’s strategic Danish civil society partners, which have been present in Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
  • The UN’s humanitarian country fund in Ukraine, which supports broad humanitarian efforts and ensures the involvement of local Ukrainian partners (OCHA).
  • UN efforts for internally displaced persons in Ukraine and refugees in neighboring Moldova through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
  • Humanitarian efforts through UNICEF focusing on children and vulnerable families, including protection, health, and education.
  • The UN Population Fund’s work to prevent and combat sexual and gender-based violence and ensure access to essential health services in sexual and reproductive health.

Source: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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