A stand-up to the Ukraine event on Saturday shows that Ukraine and other European countries, UN agencies and grassroots organizations have pledged $ 4.6 billion in humanitarian aid and 5.5 billion in loans to support all those affected by the Russian aggression.
The European Commission has pledged $ 1.1 billion, with participating countries including Canada ($ 80M), Belgium (904M), Croatia ($ 111M), Czech Republic ($ 222M), Estonia ($ 111K), Finland ($ 778M), and Ireland. M), Italy ($ 400M), Malta (55K), Slovakia ($ 595M), Sweden ($ 333M) and Qatar ($ 5M). Blue Bottle Coffee, Bridgewater Associates, Cisco, The Coca-Cola Company, Continental Development Corporation, Crush Music, CSL Behring, Docusain, Pharmamundi Foundation, Google, Nessero, Foser, Nespresso,
The Council of Europe has pledged $ 1.1 billion in loans, the European Investment Bank has pledged $ 4.4 billion, which still needs the approval of its board of directors. In addition, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has confirmed that it will allocate $ 1.1 billion out of the $ 2.25 billion package announced before March 9, especially for projects in crisis-affected municipalities. About 5,000 citizens from 66 countries donate more than $ 500,000.
In partnership with Global Citizen, a pledge ceremony was hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with Polish President Andrzej Duda and British journalist Isha Cess acting as moderators.
“It is not only Ukraine that is fighting for its sovereignty and integrity, but also for the question of whether they will win humanity or the consequences of a heinous catastrophe,” said Von der Leyen. “We want the world to come together to support refugees inside and outside Ukraine.”
“Your voice, donations, and support are making a real difference. You are helping to provide food, water, shelter, and medical assistance to refugees who have fled their homes – so thank you,” said Trudeau. “Let’s come together, from Ukraine. We continue to work with governments, non-governmental organizations and people in our communities around the world to support the arrival of refugees and, indeed, all Ukrainians. “
“Explain to your politicians. Stay with Ukraine, “added Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a speech to citizens around the world. “Live with freedom. Live with courage.”
More than 4.4 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion, and a total of 6.5 million people have been displaced.
The stand-up for Ukraine pledge event was preceded by a star-studded social rally on April 8, attended by artists, athletes, entertainers, lawyers and citizens from around the world.