The Government of Flanders strongly sympathizes with the Ukrainian people. Flanders is therefore allocating humanitarian aid to meet the needs of the many people displaced by this horrific conflict. The Government of Flanders supports the call of the Red Cross to all parties involved in the conflict to comply with the obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL).
Minister-President Jan Jambon: “This unprecedented and unjustified military aggression by Russia against Ukraine is absolutely unacceptable. I repeat my call for an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of all armed forces. The images that reach us of the suffering of the Ukrainian people fill us with horror. Flanders does not want to abandon the people of Ukraine. Even before the EU sanctions package against Russia came into effect, I already decided to suspend all pending licenses for dual-use goods destined for Russia. The Government of Flanders also supports the new economic sanctions that the EU is taking against Belarus. That country makes military bases available to Russia, which invades Ukraine from there. Today my government approves a EUR 400,000 emergency aid package to help the Ukrainians. Firstly, we are allocating EUR 200,000 to the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) so that this organization can help the ever-growing influx of refugees into Poland with accommodation and medical assistance in Ukraine itself with a field hospital and the deployment of a medical intervention team. In addition, we also support the Red Cross Flanders with 200,000 euros that is committed to protecting and providing assistance to civilians, to the injured and sick and to people who have been deprived of their freedom in the conflict. Aid applications for Ukraine are also currently being taken up via the UN Central Fund for Humanitarian Response (CERF), to which Flanders contributes annually.”
The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) is a non-governmental organization and focuses its actions on victims of humanitarian crises and the most vulnerable communities around the world. It is the largest NGO in Poland engaged in development cooperation and one of the largest organizations in Poland providing humanitarian aid. The Red Cross Flanders works through its sister organization in Ukraine and through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is also on site.
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