A transport with humanitarian aid for internally displaced people (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine departed from Warsaw to Dnepropetrovsk on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The Polish aid was prepared in response to a call by the Ukrainian government and it is being implemented in the framework of a joint action of the Directorate - General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and selected EU Member States, i.a.: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria and Croatia. The aid is provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The transport of in-kind assistance is organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Material Reserves Agency. The aid consists of first-aid kits (200 sets composed of bandages, dressings, medical gauzes, scissors, splints), vanity kits (1500 sets with i.a. a shampoo, a soap, a lotion for babies, sanitary pads, a washing powder, a washing-up detergent, a toothbrush, a toothpaste) and 2000 blankets. The aid will be delivered to the region of Dnepropetrovsk (Oblast Dnepropetrovsk), where over 62 thousand IDPs found refuge. The aid recipient is the State Emergency Service of Ukraine – the Ministry which coordinates the assistance for the Ukrainians forced to flee their place of residence due to the ongoing armed conflict.
In 2014 Poland allocated over 11 million PLN to provide humanitarian aid for persons affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Involvement of the Polish society is a key dimension of the Polish support for Ukraine. Simultaneously, institutions of central administration, local governments and NGOs support Ukraine by e.g. organizing public collections. Hundreds of volunteers carry out private collections of clothes or food which are subsequently delivered to the regions being under military activities. It proves that Poles feel solidarity with the Ukrainian people.