Press releases, 13.03.2024

Since the beginning of the war against Ukraine, Switzerland has sent regular shipments of relief goods to those impacted, with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) spearheading the effort financially and logistically. The first of three aid consignments in 2024 arrived in Kyiv today. The deliveries are made up of spare parts for fire engines, humanitarian demining equipment and medical supplies. This aid, valued at around CHF 900,000, is provided from the stock of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) and the city of Burgdorf in the Canton of Bern.

For over two years, the war has inflicted severe hardship on millions of Ukrainian civilians, with daily reports of casualties and almost half of the population reliant on humanitarian aid. Switzerland's regular shipments of relief supplies form a critical component of its support strategy.

Ongoing support amidst the crisis

This latest consignment, building on December 2023's dispatch of firefighting and ambulance vehicles, focuses on crucial firefighting equipment: foam, spare parts for fire engines, protective gear, medical gloves, and adult and adolescent vaccination kits. It also includes five loop detectors intended for a collaborative project of humanitarian demining with the Fondation suisse de déminage (FSD). At the end of September 2023, the Federal Council allocated CHF 100 million for demining civilian and agricultural areas in Ukraine and facilitating the country's recovery.

Predominantly sourced from the DDPS, with some of the firefighting suits and work clothing donated by the city of Burgdorf, the supplies will be delivered to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) in Kyiv.

Over the past two years, Switzerland has sent over 1,400 tonnes of relief supplies to Ukraine and its neighbouring countries.

Further information:

Support of the Confederation for the people affected by the war in Ukraine

Address for enquiries:

FDFA Communication
Federal Palace West Wing
CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland
Tel. Press service: +41 58 460 55 55
Twitter: @SwissMFA


Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

Last update 19.07.2023

  • FDFA Communication answers media queries Mondays to Fridays during office hours and operates a weekend emergency on-call service.


FDFA Communication

Federal Palace West
3003 Bern

Phone (for journalists only):
+41 58 460 55 55

Phone (for all other requests):
+41 58 462 31 53

Start of page