Albares affirms that they will “spare no effort” to bring the Spaniards who “decided to stay”

  • Describes the open scenario in Ukraine after the Russian invasion as “conventional war”

  • The minister attends the shipment of 20 tons of medicines, requested by the Ukrainian Government

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Albareshas assured that Spain is not going to “sparing efforts” to bring the nearly one hundred Spaniards who “decided of their own free will to stay” in Ukraine.

“We are not going to spare any effort, but they are people who decided of their own free will to stay,” the Spanish minister said this Saturday in statements to the media from the Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid)where he has attended reception of medical supplies for the first shipment of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

In this context, Albares explained that the situation “is very complex, in a scenario of conventional war, open“. “We made several recommendations, recommending temporarily leaving the country and advising against travel,” recalled the minister, although there were still people who decided to stay.

20 tons of medicines

Albarés traveled to the Torrejón base on the occasion of the departure of the first shipment of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, made up of 20 tons of medicines and medical supplies. He was accompanied by the charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Ukraine in Spain, Dmytro Matiuschenkoand the director of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development, Anton LeisEurope Press reports.

The minister stressed that sending this material “is a one more sign” of Spain’s support and solidarity with Ukraine. “Spain, as a people with strong roots in solidarity, is extraordinarily sensitive to the profound suffering of the Ukrainian population,” said Albares, who took advantage of the occasion to reiterate his strongest condemnation of Russian aggression against the Ukrainian people.

This situation has caused significant population movements, mainly towards the western border, which is overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee their country. It has also caused an increase in basic needs and, in particular, in the health and shelter sectors.

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This shipment, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, responds to the request made on February 15, by the Ukrainian government, before the European Civil Protection Mechanism, in anticipation of the worsening of the humanitarian situation.

Ukraine’s appeal includes goods to meet urgent needs: health products and medicines, vehicles, personal protective equipment, blankets, tents, among others.

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