“In response to Ukraine’s appeals for help, the Polish government is sending the third transport of humanitarian aid to this country today,” said Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik, transferring a Polish-German convoy of material aid to the Ukrainian side today in Kyiv.
The transport of humanitarian relief for displaced persons from areas involved in military operations arrived in Zaporizhia on 17 June. In Kyiv, 19 trucks of the State Fire Service, which left the Polish territory on Monday, were joined by eight trucks containing aid from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
“It is the first joint Polish-German convoy for displaced persons in the East. Our aid is addressed not only to people in the Zaporizhia Oblast, but also to inhabitants of Mariupol,” said Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik. “I would like to thank our German partners for their willingness to cooperate and help. It is a sign that we speak with one voice on Ukraine and support this country’s pro-European ambitions,” added the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy.
Polish fire fighters transported approximately 164 tons of the most essential products, such as food, hygiene products, including for children and infants, drugs, and dressing materials. The aid also includes school sets for children, folding beds, sleeping bags, and blankets. Thanks to the commitment of the Polish fire fighters, the relief was discharged within a few hours and will be distributed to displaced persons in the Zaporizhia Oblast and to Mariupol inhabitants in the coming days.
Since the end of 2013, the Polish Government has allocated more than PLN 13m. to humanitarian aid for the victims of the Ukraine conflict.
The Government of Poland sent its first aid convoy to the Kharkiv Oblast in December 2014. It was aimed at helping displaced persons and the local population to survive the winter. The convoy consisted of 150 tons of food, hygiene products, parcels for children and infants, clothes, winter sleeping bags, beds, blankets, and heaters.
Thanks to Polish funds, a centre for internally displaced persons near Kharkiv was renovated and adapted to winter conditions. More than 600 families received financial aid, which allowed them to make it through this difficult time.
The second transport of humanitarian aid arrived in Ukraine in February 2015 under EU-airlift, a joint initiative by the EU and some of its member states. Approximately 11 tons of aid that consisted of first aid kits, hygiene products and blankets were sent to emergency services in Dnepropetrovsk.