Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe this winter after weeks of intense Russian attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.
Up to ten million citizens live without electricity, while it has already begun to snow in several areas, with temperatures in some regions dropping to -10ºC.
The European Parliament, together with Eurocities, a network of major European cities, has proposed to donate electricity generators to help Ukraine cope this winter.
On the morning of Friday, 25 November, the Prague City Council approved the sending of a batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. It will contain medical supplies, heaters and electric generators.
“We are sending an aid package to the victims of the genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by Russia: 626 heaters (o400 for Kyiv and 226 for Mykolaiv), 18 generators (10 for Kyiv and 8 for Mykolaiv), and also medical supplies for 22 million crowns for the Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”, the mayor of Prague wrote on his social media.
The risk of a total blackout is very high’
The chief of staff of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak, who participated in the press conference online, said that “the speed of destruction exceeds the speed of repair”.
Visibly concerned about one of the “harshest winters in the country’s modern history”, he said that “the risk of a total blackout is very high”.
The EU has already provided 500 generators through the same mechanism and another 300 funded through humanitarian aid.
For the Ukrainian government, the priority is to restore the electricity network in the country, for which it has asked Europe for assistance.