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France has sent 33 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine’s borders, says Darmanin

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As war rages in Ukraine, solidarity is organized. Guest of the morning of France 2 this Monday, February 28, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin gave details of the humanitarian aid provided by France to Ukrainians fleeing their country. “33 tons of material” were sent by France to Poland and Moldova, according to the Minister of the Interior, specifying that it is essentially “tents, medicine and food to help welcome these refugees” said the minister.

Gérald Darmanin also announced that two civil security planes “at the request of the President of the Republic”, “filled with drugs”, will today take the path of these countries bordering Ukraine. Regarding the reception of Ukrainian refugees, the Minister affirmed that “They are welcome in France”and “hope” that the European Union will vote this Thursday, March 3 their “temporary protection”. The European Ministers of the Interior indeed supported Sunday at a ” large majority “ the plan to grant temporary protection to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian offensive, which could amount to “millions”.

Coming humanitarian crisis

So far, some 368,000 refugees have fled the fighting in the country since the outbreak of the Russian invasion on Thursday 24 February, more than half of whom have entered Poland, and their number “continue to increase”, according to the United Nations and the Polish authorities. According to a UN estimate, the European Union must prepare for a humanitarian crisis “of historic proportions” in Ukraine, which could lead to “more than 7 million” internally displaced persons if the Russian offensive continues.

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For its part, France must submit this Monday to the UN Security Council a draft resolution “in order to guarantee unhindered humanitarian access, to meet the urgent needs of the populations remaining in Ukraine” invaded by Russia, the Elysée announced on Sunday evening.

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