The government of Ukraine has asked the EU to send materials and medical supplies that may be needed in the event of a Russian invasion or other escalation of the situation.
Five countries have responded immediately to the request for aid and are sending tents, emergency generators, restrooms and an advanced medical post where 500 injured people can be treated, the European Commission has announced.
France, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia and Romania were the first to come forward with available material. In addition, thousands of latex gloves, protective masks, blankets, medicines and thousands of litres of disinfectant also go to Ukraine. “We are in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people, including with concrete help,” said Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič. “I expect more support from other EU countries in the coming days.”
For the relief operation, Brussels engaged the so-called European Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU). There, a country can sound the alarm in an acute emergency, and other countries can come forward to offer assistance. In addition, the commission coordinates the operation and pays most of the transportation costs.