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The first Estonian food aid has reached those in need in Ukraine

23.11.2014


According to Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the first delivery of Estonian food has arrived at refugee centres in the Odessa region. "The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine is very difficult," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. "Due to the deterioration of the security situation, there are close to 470 000 internally displaced persons in Ukraine. People are in need of food and other basic necessities," she added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with members of the Estonian food industry and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) sent humanitarian food aid to Ukraine's internally displaced persons. In association with E-Milk Production AS, AS Maag producers of canned food and Salvest AS, the Foreign Ministry sent 20 tonnes of whole milk powder, 4,7 tonnes of canned meat and 4,5 tonnes of canned soup to internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

The first part of the food aid has now reached displaced persons in the Odessa region. Next, with the help of the UNHCR, food is to be delivered to internally displaced persons in the Donetsk, Slavyansk and Severodonetsk regions.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has increased its presence in Ukraine and has deployed its mission to Eastern Ukraine. The UNHCR supplies refugee centres, hospitals and children's facilities in the crisis region with food, warm clothes, toiletries, and other basic necessities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the alleviation of the situation of internally displaced persons from Eastern Ukraine and distribution of humanitarian food aid with 80 000 euros through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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