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Austria to provide Ukraine with another EUR 42 mln of humanitarian aid

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Foreign Disaster Fund (AKF) of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate EUR 41.96 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine as part of the Neighbors in Need fundraising campaign in connection with the humanitarian catastrophe in the country due to Russia’s brutal aggressive war.

According to the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the decision was made by the government on May 4. This will be the largest payout from the AKF in history.

According to the press release, due to the serious consequences of the war in Ukraine, which are felt far beyond the region, another EUR 4 million will go to the World Food Program (WFP) for important work in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

"By a decision taken today by the Council of Ministers, the federal government is keeping its promise from March and doubling all donations for Ukraine that were received by Easter Monday through the ORF campaign "Neighbors in Need," Chancellor Karl Nehammer said in the statement.

He said that Austria considers it its humanitarian obligation to help alleviate the suffering of the people in Ukraine, and recalled that since the beginning of the war, the country has already provided a range of emergency aid, including the provision of EUR 17.5 million from the Foreign Disaster Fund and the delivery of civilian emergency vehicles, helmets, protective vests and fuel.

"It is very clear: we stand with the Ukrainian people. With EUR 42 million, we want to provide quick and non-bureaucratic help with "Neighbors in Need." In this way, together we can better support all those who particularly need our help and solidarity," Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said, thanking all donors.

According to the release, at least EUR 15 million of the funds allocated by the government are to be used to finance projects to alleviate humanitarian hardship, particularly that of women and children, and at least EUR 5 million are to be made available to organizations for their work in the Republic of Moldova, which is particularly affected by the stream of refugees from Ukraine.

This increases the Austrian aid provided to Ukraine and other particularly affected countries since the start of the Russian war of aggression to a total of more than EUR 80 million.