Paris conference helps raise $1bln, allowing more 'aid' for Ukraine
France has already given Ukraine assistance worth €151.5 million since the conflict erupted in February.
The worldwide conference "Standing with the Ukrainian People" held in Paris on Tuesday helped raise $1 billion for Ukraine.
France will help non-governmental groups in the field work faster, according to Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna of France. It will also give support to keep power plants running in the south of Ukraine.
Colonna and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal spoke at a press conference to announce a new coordination structure that will keep €2 million available for emergencies. According to her, many nations, groups, and allies of Ukraine from outside of Europe will join the mechanism.
Shmyhal commended France for its support of Ukraine throughout the summit. "We will use this support to overcome winter," he said.
On his part, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, presented an additional €125 million support package for Ukraine at the start of the conference, with €48.5 million going toward humanitarian needs and €76.5 million going toward energy requirements.
His nation has already given Ukraine assistance of €151.5 million since the conflict between Moscow and Kiev erupted in February, according to Macron, adding that a strengthened coordination framework for outside aid to Ukraine would be put in place.