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UK to provide GBP 45 mln to help Ukraine's most vulnerable people – British Foreign Secretary

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The UK will provide GBP 45 mln support package to help reach the most vulnerable people affected by the war in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said.

"The UK has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine throughout this conflict. As one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid, we will continue to provide those who bear the brunt of Putin’s vile war with much-needed life-saving assistance. British aid is supporting the most vulnerable in Ukraine, especially women and children, who face an increased risk of sexual abuse and exploitation," British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement on the British government website on Thursday.

The GBP 45 mln UK funding will go to UN agencies and charities working on the ground to provide care, support and protection for those in Ukraine and its borders, as part of a broader support package.

"Women and children are particularly vulnerable to abuse and harm. Of the GBP 45 million, GBP 15 million will go to the UN Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF), to provide immediate life-saving assistance and help tackle sexual and gender-based violence through targeted services, legal support and crisis accommodation. A further GBP 15 million will go to UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, to fund vital services like nutrition for pregnant women and mental health support for children," the UK government said.

The Foreign Secretary also announced that the UK will provide further deliveries of medical supplies, in addition to the more than five million items already delivered, including wound care kits to treat more than 220,000 patients and around 380,000 medicine packages.

As noted, this latest allocation means that the full package of support from the UK in the amount of GBP 220 million has now been transferred to governments and partners to support Ukraine and the surrounding region.