The European Union intends to allocate additional EUR 18 million to help civilians suffering from the armed conflict in east Ukraine.\r\nThe press service of the European Commission announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.\r\n"Today Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced additional funding for people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine during his visit to the country," reads the statement.\r\n"Here today in Bakhmut [Donetsk region], I want to tell the Ukrainian people: you are not alone. All civilians in need must be helped, on both sides of the contact line. Our new aid package will help humanitarian partners in eastern Ukraine to cover urgent medical, shelter, water and sanitation needs. It is crucial that aid gets to all vulnerable people affected by the conflict swiftly, safely and impartially." the press service quoted Commissioner Stylianides as saying.\r\nAccording to the statement, together with the funding provided directly by the EU Member States, the European Union as a whole has directed over EUR 399 million in humanitarian and recovery aid to those affected by the conflict since early 2014.\r\nAs Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the European Union has said it intends to allocate EUR 1.5 million to support internally displaced persons in Dnipropetrovsk region.