Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon sent a shipment of more than 7,500 boxes of humanitarian aid destined for Ukraine and countries hosting refugees, and donations to a special account reached NT$678 million (US$24 million) today, March 17.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release stated that Minister for Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, Polish Office in Taipei Director Cyryl Kozaczewski, Slovak Economic and Cultural Office Representative Martin Podstavek and Deputy Representative Michaela Sulakova, Ukrainian expatriate, Daria Zheng, and Russian expatriate born in Ukraine, Olga Khalina were present to witness the departure at a ceremony held at the DHL Transportation Center at Taoyuan International Airport.
In addition, the Disaster Relief Foundation announced today that the “Special Account for Relief in Ukraine” has received a total of 678 million yuan as of 4:10 pm today. The Disaster Relief Foundation immediately allocated 350 million yuan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist Ukrainian refugees.
According to the press release of the Disaster Relief Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the donation will be transferred to the governments of countries hosting Ukrainian refugees, or a relief agency designated by Taiwan’s representative office in that country.
Minister Wu said in his speech that since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, at least 3 million Ukrainian people have been forced to flee their homes, and that this constitutes the most serious humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War.
Wu said that people living in free and democratic Taiwan have been facing a threat from China for a long time and can especially understand the situation of the Ukrainian people. As a member of the international community of democratic societies, Taiwan is happy to give in the spirit of “Taiwan Can Help.”
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