Finland sends more assistance to Ukraine

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 31.8.2023 10.00
Press release
Henkilö tarkastaa rekassa olevaa materiaalia.
So far, the Ministry of the Interior has coordinated more than 260 truckloads of material assistance to Ukraine through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism.

Finland sent a large amount of wastewater treatment plant equipment to Ukraine at the end of August. The equipment will make a significant contribution to helping Ukraine meet its water supply needs, which have grown during the summer. Finland and the EU have continued their active support of the Ukrainian authorities to mitigate the effects of the Russian attacks.

In addition, Finland sent ambulances, a fire engine, 3D imaging equipment and various water supply equipment, such as pumping devices, to Ukraine in late summer. Because Ukraine needs various supplies and equipment, Finland’s assistance is diverse. Finland is currently preparing to send a large amount of assistance to Ukraine’s energy sector as well as IT equipment and various vehicles. 

The Ministry of the Interior coordinates the assistance that Finland sends to Ukraine through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism together with the European Emergency Response Coordination Centre ERCC. Most of the material sent to Ukraine has been donated by private and public sector operators. 

Over 260 truckloads of aid sent so far

In addition to 261 truckloads of material assistance, a total of 60 vehicles, such as rescue service vehicles and buses, have been sent to Ukraine. Finland has also provided expert assistance to support the operation of the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries and received patients in need of medical care evacuated from Ukraine. 

Largest sectors of material assistance.

In addition to modular housing funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the largest recipients of Finland’s aid have been the healthcare, rescue services and energy sectors, where the need for assistance has remained high for a long time. Finland has also supported Ukraine’s education sector by donating school furniture and school buses, for example. Ukraine will continue to need a significant amount of assistance in the future too.

- Russia’s war of aggression puts a constant strain on Ukrainian society. They need assistance to maintain both infrastructure and public services. Finland continues to support Ukraine and aims to respond to the need for assistance as comprehensively as possible, says Heikki Honkanen, Senior Coordinator at the Ministry of the Interior.

The Ministry of the Interior would like to thank all those who have donated civilian material assistance for their significant help. Supporting Ukraine is a long-term endeavour that is unlikely to end soon.

Heikki Honkanen, Senior Coordinator, tel. +358 295 488 565, 

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