The people of Indonesia donated their first load of humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine affected by the ongoing Russian military aggression.
Since the beginning of the military aggression on Ukraine one year ago more than six thousand people have been killed, more than 11 thousand have been wounded. Around one million people who lived in the conflict zone were forced to leave their homes and their lives behind, 100 000 of them requested medical assistance.
With this thought in mind, the international community has been contributing humanitarian medical assistance to help the wounded civilians and defenders of Ukraine.
The people of Indonesia couldn’t remain indifferent, either. A shipment of medicines was donated by two Indonesian companies, Sanbe Farma and Nouvell Pharmaceutical Laboratories. A Ukrainian air carrier, Ukraine Air Alliance conducted the shipment free of charge.
Indonesia’s humanitarian contribution at this difficult time in Ukraine’s history attests to the two countries’ friendly relations. Although Ukraine and Indonesia are geographically far apart, they have a similar will to live in a rule-of-law-based democratic society. They both have a history of striving for sovereignty.
The two countries also have a history of mutual support during times of trouble. In 1946 the Ukrainian delegation heard Indonesia’s plea for independence and brought the issue up before the United Nations General Assembly, which ultimately led to the institution’s support for the country’s de-colonialisation. In 2006 Ukraine contributed humanitarian assistance to Indonesia after its population suffered from a natural disaster.
In the face of the 2014 external military aggression on Ukraine, Indonesia became the first country in South-East Asia to voice support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.