Greece delivered 14 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian officials said. The aid was transported by trucks to the Ukrainian-Romanian border, from where it was picked up by other means of transport.
Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev noted that the cargo consisted of medicines, food, and clothing.
Humanitarian aid was collected in Greece with the assistance of the Consulate of Ukraine in Thessaloniki.
“After unloading and sorting, the humanitarian aid will be sent to the area of hostilities with the Russian aggressor,” the Lieutenant General said.
Greece helps Ukraine during this “unspeakable tragedy”
President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou visited Thessaloniki’s City Hall on Saturday, where Thessaloniki Mayor Konstantinos Zervas, the Ukrainian Consul General Vadim Sabluk, along with Greek and Ukrainian volunteers, briefed her on the action to collect humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
“We are doing whatever we can because this is an unspeakable tragedy that is happening in our home, in Europe,” Sakellaropoulou said after the Ukrainian consul general expressed his gratitude and thanks.
The president also asked about the arrangements for housing refugees arriving from the war zone, whether children will be able to attend classes, and how the humanitarian aid will be transported to Ukraine.
Zervas said that an effort will be made to extend the React program, which has been renamed Estia, and will apply for more funding. He added that there are currently 150 houses available that could provide shelter to Ukrainian refugees.
Greeks in Athens respond to calls for humanitarian aid to Ukraine
People of all ages and in all walks of life have responded to the calls for humanitarian aid to help war-torn Ukraine throughout Attica, municipalities, and aid organizations reported on Saturday.
Through the region, people have come forward to offer whatever they can, arriving at collection points set up by municipalities and regional authorities, some in collaboration with the Hellenic Red Cross, Medecins du Monde and other aid organizations and others independently, after consulting with the Ukrainian Embassy in Athens.
Their generosity has also been matched by local businesses and supermarkets, with the result that local authorities are filling dozens of trucks with aid and have already dispatched the first consignments to Ukraine.
Ten truckloads have already been collected by the municipality of Glyfada, while that of Vrilissia has already sent four tonnes of goods in two consignments – the last of which arrived on March 14 – and is continuing collection.
Large amounts of aid were also collected in Zografou, Peristeri and Filothei-Psychiko, while the municipalities of Paleo Faliro, Elliniko-Argyroupolis delivered the aid they have collected to the Red Cross and that of Agios Dimitrios to Medecins du Monde.