OSLO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store announced Tuesday that his country will provide 350 million Norwegian kroner (32.35 million U.S. dollars) to support the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Ukraine.
To be channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the funding will be used to help provide services such as health care, shelter, psychosocial support, food, water and meet other essential needs for the population in Ukraine, the prime minister said at a meeting with Director General of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society Maksym Dotsenko.
"The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is providing invaluable support to Ukraine. The Red Cross staff and volunteers are demonstrating tremendous courage in their efforts to save lives and alleviate suffering every single day," said Store.
The United Nations estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees need protection and assistance in neighboring countries.