“A Ship for Ukraine” Operation


France is stepping up its action to help the Ukrainian people by delivering the largest amount of humanitarian assistance since the start of Russia’s war. More than 1,000 tons of humanitarian assistance has been delivered, from France, to Ukraine and to the surrounding countries impacted by the war.

Departure of the boat from Marseille

On 28 September, Catherine Colonna, upon her return from a visit to Ukraine, went to Marseille to attend the launch of the “A Ship for Ukraine” Operation. France has provided the Ukrainian people with more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian items.

This operation meets the four needs identified by the French Embassy in Ukraine, in liaison with the Ukrainian authorities:

  • Food assistance (food rations, ready-made meals, milk);
  • Medical assistance (medicines, mobile X-ray vehicle);
  • Emergency rehabilitation equipment (generators, building material, tarpaulins, emergency bridges);
  • Civil security vehicles (fire and rescue vehicles, boats, rescue equipment).

This delivery, which was made possible through the mobilization of public and private sectors, is being coordinated by the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs under the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (MPCU).

More information on the launch of the “A Ship for Ukraine” Operation.

Transit through Romania

After ten days of travel, the ship Aknul, provided by the CMA CGM Foundation reached the Port of Constanta (Romania). Four French fire and rescue officers with military training in civil security and two fire and naval officers from the battalion of the Marseille fire and naval officers drove the civil security vehicles to the humanitarian hub of Suceava, at the border with Ukraine.

The French Ambassador to Romania, Laurence Auer, went to Suceava for the delivery to the Ukrainian emergency services.

Humanitarian assistance delivered to the Ukrainians

Various donations were delivered to the Ukrainian beneficiaries identified, particularly the Ukrainian department for emergency situations, the Ministry of Health, the oblasts and cities of Chernihiv and Kharkiv, the cities of Odessa and Stryi.

The French Ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, attended the various deliveries.
In Odessa

In Odessa

In Kharkiv

This extensive operation has once again demonstrated the solidarity of France, its local governments, civil society and businesses with the Ukrainian people.