Four countries to provide additional financial aid to help Ukraine survive winter
Snow in Kyiv, December 7 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Germany have decided to allocate additional financial aid to Ukraine to help the country survive the winter season.
In particular, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis wrote on Twitter on Dec. 13 that his country would allocate about $100 million to Ukraine for emergency humanitarian aid “to meet the winter.”
“Ukraine needs us,” he tweeted.
“After Lugano and Berlin, France is taking over the reconstruction of Ukraine.”
Cassis added that his country would invest in the restoration of schools, energy and medical facilities next year.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced the German government would provide Ukraine with additional EUR 50 million of winter aid, as reported by German newspaper Der Spiegel.
She clarified these funds would be used to purchase generators, transformers and cables.
Baerbock added the federal government was also negotiating with Deutsche Bahn regarding the delivery of locomotives to Ukraine.
In turn, the Reuters news agency quoted Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland as saying on Dec. 13 that her country would transfer $115 million to repair Kyiv’s power grid after repeated Russian missile attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
According to Freeland, the money will come from tariff revenues collected on imports from Russia and Belarus.
In addition, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala said that his country would provide Ukraine with financial aid and equipment worth EUR 8.5 million to get through the winter season, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
Fiala emphasized that Europe should focus on three directions: military, financial and humanitarian aid.
Earlier on Dec. 13, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would make every effort to support Ukraine and help the country “survive this winter.”
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