The Scottish Government on Monday, 28 February announced that it would send £4 million along with medical supplies to Ukraine as the situation in the country is deteriorating day by day.
On Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that officials were looking for the best route for the funding to reach the country as soon as possible, which has been fighting against a Russian invasion since last week.
The funding will support health, sanitation, water and shelter for those staying in the country, including people who are forced to flee their homes.
Ms Sturgeon said “words of support are not enough” as she announced the funding, adding that Scotland would provide “as much practical support as possible”.
Medical supplies, including anaesthetic machines, syringe pumps and bandages, will also be sent, in accordance with a list of urgently needed equipment provided by the Ukrainian consulate in Edinburgh. Further work is underway to identify other supplies that will be required.
“Scotland has given its unqualified support for Ukrainian independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and to the people of Ukraine as they bravely resist the unprovoked and illegal aggression of the Russian regime,” the First Minister said.
As a responsible and compassionate global citizen, we will help with an initial £4 million in financial aid to provide essential help to those in desperate need.
And we are also working with the Ukrainian Government to provide medical supplies from stocks we hold. We coordinate with other UK nations to ensure that these supplies get to where they are desperately needed as quickly as possible.
“There will be much more that we need to do in the days to come. But one thing is already clear: words of support are not enough. Ukraine needs our active help and support now, and we will provide as much practical support as possible, starting immediately.”
Ukraine is in a huge problem, and the world is coming forward for its help.