Abu Dhabi: The UAE has sent a fifth plane carrying 30 metric tonnes of medical and relief supplies to Ukraine. This comes as part of providing urgent relief support to impacted civilians in Ukraine, and is in response to the international humanitarian appeal to support those who are displaced in Ukraine and the 4 million refugees in neighbouring countries.
Salem Ahmed Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Ukraine, said, “The UAE is keen to provide the necessary relief requirements in situations of conflict for civilians, especially women and children, in the current circumstances and resulting aggravated situation, particularly for Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries.”
Ambassador Al Kaabi indicated that during the month of March, the UAE provided an airlift of relief aid that included tonnes of food items to the Ukrainian authorities in Poland that could be transported inside the country or to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
Al Kaabi added, “The UAE continues to provide relief support based on the humanitarian approach of its leadership and its ceaseless efforts to provide the basic needs of peoples. This is within the values pursued by the country, where people are the priority without any discrimination or considerations.”
Since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, the UAE has sent two planes of relief and medical supplies carrying 60 metric tonnes. This comes as part of the UAE’s announcement of humanitarian assistance worth US$5 million, in response to the United Nations’ urgent appeal and the regional response plan for Ukraine refugees.
Moreover, the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, in cooperation with international organisations in the city, operated two planes carrying 124 metric tonnes, including relief supplies and shelter equipment.