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EU increases humanitarian assistance to Ukraine
August 13,2014   By:Xinhua

BRUSSELS, Aug. 13,2014-- The European Commission is giving additional funding of 2.5 million euros (3.3 million U.S. dollars) for Ukraine, according to an official statement on Tuesday.

This humanitarian aid will be used to assist the most vulnerable people affected by the continuing fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

It comes on the top of a funding of 0.25 million euros (0.3 million U.S. dollars) the European Commission provided in Ukraine through the International Federation of the Red Cross, the statement said.

"We are moving to help some of the most vulnerable victims of this conflict. They need our help to live through the months ahead, especially with winter looming," said EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

"I call on all sides of this conflict to facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations and allow for the provision of assistance to the civilian population in need, irrespective of who and where they are," the Commissioner added.

The European Commission's humanitarian funding will address the basic needs of the population in the areas directly affected by the conflict and the internally displaced and refugees who have fled the conflict areas. This category includes some 3.9 million people, according to the statement.

The European Union signed the Association Agreements with Ukraine in June with the aim of deepening political and economic ties with the country.

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