French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna revealed, on Tuesday, official pledges to grant about one billion euros in aid to Ukraine, as part of European efforts to support Kiev and its people.
Colonna said in a press statement that the parties participating in the international conference in support of Ukraine held in the French capital, Paris, “pledged to pay just over one billion euros (1.05 billion US dollars) to Ukraine,” according to the European “Euronews” website.
Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged his country to provide an additional 125 million euros ($132 million) in aid to Ukraine.
He said during the opening of the International Conference to Support Ukraine that the additional support package includes 48.5 million euros for humanitarian relief, and 76.5 million euros to meet Ukraine’s energy needs.
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In the context, the French President stressed that the aim of the international conference in Paris is to help the Ukrainians “resist and stand firm during this winter.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed this morning to his country’s allies meeting in Paris that Ukraine needs at least 800 million euros ($840 million) in urgent energy aid in the winter, with Russian forces targeting civilian infrastructure across Ukraine.