Press Releases, 6/30/2016
Finland supports Ukraine during its crisis by over EUR 23 million
Press release 129/2016
30 June 2016
During the crisis in 2014–2016, Finland's support to Ukraine has amounted to over EUR 23 million. Finland's support consists of development cooperation projects, funding allocated to international organisations and technical assistance. In addition, Finland supports Ukraine through the EU, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
In 2016, Finland channels its assistance, for example, to humanitarian work via the Finnish Red Cross and to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in the form of technical assistance and funding. Finland's biggest project is a school that is being built in Kherson in Southern Ukraine. Kherson is one of the areas where people from Eastern Ukraine have fled the conflict.
Ukraine is still in need of international support. Assistance is needed, for example, to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the conflict areas and in other parts of Ukraine. In accordance with the Minsk Agreement, the OSCE is to monitor compliance with the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons. The strength of the OSCE Monitoring Mission is currently 700 experts, of whom 24 are posted by Finland. Besides the conflict, Ukraine is burdened with the implementation of extensive reforms, in which technical assistance from the EU, for example, is needed.
Inquiries: Päivi Peltokoski, Director, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, tel. +358 295 351 523.
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