On 14 December 2022, the loading of generators and power station for Ukraine was completed in the presence of the Mayor of the City of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, and the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic, Vitaliy Usaty.
Generators and power stations were approved as a gift to the cities of Kiev and Mykolayiv by the Prague City Council on 24 November. On the basis of the donation agreement, the city of Kiev will receive 400 generators and 10 power stations, while 226 generators and 8 power stations are intended for the city of Mykolaiv. The donation is intended to help the inhabitants of the two cities overcome the difficult situation in which they find themselves on the threshold of winter after repeated attacks on the energy infrastructure.
For example, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the City of Prague approved the provision of emergency care vehicles for the injured, which were used by the Prague City Ambulance Service, and 20 power generators in March. At the end of October, the transfer of a total of 20 trams and two buses to the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Khmelnitsky also began.
"On behalf of Prague, we are trying to help where it is needed. Russia is attacking civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, which is making life very difficult for the people there. We therefore want to help with the immediate reconstruction of the cities so that people are not forced to flee their homes. In parallel, we are moving from acute assistance to Ukrainian families who have come to Prague to long-term systematic assistance," says Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Prague.
Prague has a new long-term strategy to help refugees from Ukraine and is preparing a Follow-up Support Centre for refugees from Ukraine. This will ensure that people fleeing the war have their individual needs addressed in areas such as housing, health, education and child protection. The Centre will start operating already this year in the premises of the Regional Assistance Centre for Ukraine in Vysočany. UNICEF will be largely involved in its operation.
The cargo, which is crucial or the Ukrainian side, will leave shortly and should arrive at the Ukrainian border next week.
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