Minister for Europe and Overseas Affairs Catherine Colonna will probably be in Marseille on September 28 to attend the launch of Operation Un bateau pour l’Ukraine [a ship for Ukraine]. She will probably be joined by representatives of the assorted companions concerned on this operation, together with the Grand-Est, Ile-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azure areas; the Bouches-du-Rhône division; and town of Marseille.

In mild of the tragic penalties of Russia’s struggle of aggression, France is stepping up its efforts to help the Ukrainian folks.

The Disaster and Help Middle of the Ministry for Europe and Overseas Affairs is coordinating this unprecedented maritime operation with assist from the CMA CGM Basis, a companion since January 2020. On March 21, the muse leased an A330 cargo airplane carrying 55 tons of donated provides, and it’s now making its Aknoul cargo ship out there for this operation.

In response to the pressing want expressed by the Ukrainian authorities, greater than 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid will probably be shipped to the port of Costanţa, Romania, made up of contributions from the private and non-private sectors. They embrace:

  • civil safety tools: 15 fireplace and rescue automobiles tailored to Ukrainian requirements, together with 5 used automobiles donated by our fireplace and rescue providers and 10 new automobiles; 8 semi-rigid inflatable boats; and 19 tons of kit (rescue, clearance and protecting tools)
  • medical help: 25 tons of emergency and resuscitation medicine, together with 14 tons donated by the Tulipe affiliation and its affiliated healthcare firms; and a medical automobile geared up with cellular X-ray tools making it attainable to carry out examinations within the area
  • meals help: 60,000 meals rations (two meals per ration), 48 tons of ready meals, and 13 tons of milk
  • emergency restore tools: 5 emergency turbines, building tools and tarps.

France can also be donating emergency bridges (measuring greater than 200 meters) for use to rapidly restore Ukrainian civil infrastructure: 3 prefab Bailey bridges acquired from the French public company Cerema, and three modular metal bridges bought from the French firm Matière (considered one of these will probably be transported from France by highway).

After it arrives in Costanţa, the cargo will probably be transported to the humanitarian hub in Suceava, Romania. The hearth and rescue automobiles will probably be transported in a convoy composed of a detachment of 34 fireplace and rescue staff from French Civil Safety army items in addition to two firefighters from the Marseille Naval Hearth Battalion.

Along side our embassies in Romania and Ukraine, the donations will probably be turned over to the Ukrainian beneficiaries that we have now recognized: the Ukrainian State Emergency Service, the Ministry of Well being, the Oblasts and cities of Chernihiv and Kharkiv, and the municipalities of Odesa and Stryi. Consistent with the commitments France undertook on the Lugano Convention, the reconstruction effort will give attention to the Chernihiv area, based mostly on the patronage mechanism proposed by President Zelensky.

The Ministry for Europe and Overseas Affairs thanks all those that contributed to this extraordinary operation: the Grand-Est, Ile-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azure areas, in addition to the Bouches-du-Rhône division and town of Marseille; the Ministry of the Inside and Abroad France; the Ministry of Well being and Prevention; the CMA CGM Basis; the Marseille Naval Hearth Battalion; the Tulipe affiliation; Architectes de l’Urgence; Cerema; Cofigeo; the Groupe ADP Basis; the Latalis Group; and Matière.

We additionally want to thank the 1,700 native governments and dozens of firms that contributed to the devoted funds established by the Disaster and Help Middle (CDCS).

This operation, which falls underneath the scope of the EU Civil Safety Mechanism (EUCPM), as soon as once more displays France’s solidarity with the Ukrainian folks and that of its native governments, civil society and companies.