24 Nov 2022 11:14

Deliveries of power generators from European cities to help Ukrainians get through winter - Zelensky's Office

MOSCOW. Nov 24 (Interfax) - The Eurocities project, which was officially launched in Strasbourg on November 23, will allow European cities to donate power generators to help Ukrainians get through the winter ahead, chief of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's Office Andrei Yermak said.

"Generators are essential equipment that will provide people with basic needs: communication, access to reliable medical care in the event of a blackout. We need them as a strategic reserve in the face of a complete and continuous blackout that may last for weeks," Ukrainian media quoted Yermak as saying in a speech at the Eurocities project launch ceremony.

Ukraine's priority today is to immediately restore the power grid, because the absence of water supply and water removal could spark a humanitarian emergency, he said. In particular, Ukraine needs high-voltage equipment such as autotransformers, automatic transfer switches, relays, and arresters.

According to the Ukrainian presidential press service, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, who took part in the Eurocities launch ceremony, said that deliveries of generators should help ensure power and water supply to the civilian population and hospitals in Ukraine. Metsola called on all cities and regions of Europe to join this project intended to help Ukrainians.