Increased humanitarian support to Ukraine
On Tuesday 1 March, Minister for International Development Cooperation Matilda Ernkrans held a press briefing on the humanitarian situation caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Also present at the press briefing were Director-General of Sida Carin Jämtin and UNHCR Representative in Ukraine Karolina Lindholm Billing. Ms Billing took part via a video link from Kyiv.
At the press briefing, Ms Ernkrans spoke about Sweden’s humanitarian support to Ukraine. The Government had previously announced that it would increase its humanitarian support by SEK 100 million. On 28 February, the Government decided to further increase its humanitarian support to Ukraine by SEK 500 million. This support will be channelled through humanitarian organisations working to alleviate the situation for people in Ukraine and those in the region who have been forced to flee.
“Sweden’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people is immense. Engagement among people in Sweden and around the world is strong and growing every day. We should be proud of this engagement, which the Swedish Government shares. In the last few days, the Government has more than doubled its humanitarian support to Ukraine to further help alleviate the humanitarian crisis,” said Ms Ernkrans.
Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR’s representative in Ukraine, provided an overview of the situation in Ukraine, humanitarian needs and how Swedish aid would be used.
The Government has asked Sida to work practically with its humanitarian support to Ukraine. Director-General Carin Jämtin also discussed how Sida works.