16 Feb 2023 11:47

Japan extends emergency aid program to support Ukraine in winter

MOSCOW. Feb 16 (Interfax) - The Japanese government decided on February 14 to provide emergency grant aid of approximately $550,000 to help Ukraine get through the winter period, Ukrainian media said, citing Japan's Foreign Ministry.

The Japanese government will provide assistance to the National Police of Ukraine through the United Nations Office for Project Services, supplying the Ukrainian police with reflective materials and heat packs, the Foreign Ministry said.

As the severe winter goes on and streetlights continue to be turned off in Ukrainian cities, causing an increase in the number of traffic accidents, this aid will help improve the safety of pedestrians and state employees at nighttime and will protect state employees working outside from the cold, it said.

"The government of Japan will continue to provide support for and stand by the people of Ukraine who are facing hardship, in cooperation with the international community, including the G7 members," the ministry said.