Kyiv receives first generators bought with funds donated by Taiwan

The capital city of Ukraine has recently received the first batch of high-capacity generators bought with Taiwanese government-donated funds last month, a Ukrainian parliamentarian told CNA Tuesday.

“The first generators purchased with funds from Taiwan were delivered to Kyiv. They will be used in boiler houses,” Kira Rudik, leader of the liberal political party Holos, told CNA via text messages.

Meanwhile, commenting on the same issue, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko told Ukrainian media on Monday that the first batch of two generators had already been transferred to the Kievteploenergo municipal utility to use in boilers and heating stations.

“As part of the project, about 20 generators are expected to be transferred to power critical infrastructure facilities in the capital,” he said, while expressing gratitude toward partners around the world for supporting his city and Ukraine as a whole.

The generators are being purchased with a US$1 million donation Taiwan made to Kyiv in December last year to help the country battle widespread power outages due to Russian air strikes on critical infrastructure.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou (???), the donation was confirmed with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???), Klitschko, and Grygorii Malenko, executive director of the Kyiv-based charitable fund Darnychany, on Dec. 7.

When the MOU was signed, MOFA said the funds would be allocated to procure electricity generation equipment, including diesel and gasoline generators, to “help the more than 3 million Kyiv residents suffering from electricity shortages survive the severe winter.”

Aside from Kyiv, Ou said that the Taiwan government was planning another US$2 million donation to help other frontline cities in Ukraine purchase badly needed high-capacity generators to help them survive the winter too.

MOFA will make public more details of such upcoming donations soon, she added.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel