Estonia Supports Victims in Eastern Ukraine ({{commentsTotal}})

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is supporting refugees from Eastern Ukraine through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) by distributing 70,000 euros for humanitarian aid.

The UNCHR estimates that Ukraine has close to 80,000 refugees within its territory, and it has increased its presence in Ukraine, deploying missions to eastern regions and providing humanitarian assistance.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, said that due to military activity in eastern Ukraine, many citizens have been forced to leave their homes and flee. The deteriorating security status has brought about an influx of refugees from the eastern parts of Ukraine.

“Tens of thousand of local citizens are suffering,” said Paet. “We have deemed foreign aid necessary in order to help the locals overcome the hardships and therefore prevent a wave of refugees.”

The primary concerns involve the problems which face the relocated people. For example, the UNCHR is trying to figure out how to ensure access to social services and provide a long-term shelter. Local authorities are helping refugees with donations from non-governmental organizations and private businesses.