Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Luxembourg decided, at the first donors’ conference on 1 March, in the framework of the Joint Launch of the Humanitarian Flash Appeal, to make contributions of up to EUR 3 million for humanitarian actors active in Ukraine and Moldova. At the second international conference for Ukraine on 5 May 2022, chaired by Sweden and Poland, Luxembourg committed an additional EUR 1 million for UNICEF and the Halo Trust Fund, which specialises in mine clearance. In this initial phase of the response, Luxembourg therefore reacted swiftly by contributing a total amount of EUR 4.25 million for humanitarian projects designed to respond to the immediate needs of the displaced populations. Minister Fayot then reaffirmed support for the country’s rapid recovery at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano on
4 and 5 July.
At the Standing with the Ukrainian people conference on 13 December 2022 in Paris, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced an additional contribution of EUR 4 million for various humanitarian projects. In view of the Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure, these projects have mainly targeted the sectors of rebuilding private homes, repairing medical infrastructure and access to clean water and education.
In short, in 2022 Luxembourg provided support totalling about EUR 8.25 million to its humanitarian partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. These allocations were made both within the framework of partnerships with UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and as contributions to humanitarian NGOs. In addition, there were contributions in kind with a value of nearly EUR 4.13 million, including a donation of 700 000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests coordinated by the emergency.lu team and the Ministry of Health. The tests were made available following the request for support that Ukraine made through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.