Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak together with President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella took part in the video conference mode in the official launch in Strasbourg of the Eurocities project to help Ukrainian cities with the supply of generators.
Andriy Yermak thanked Roberta Metsola for her unprecedented leadership and strong support for Ukraine from the European Parliament since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia.
"I would like to use this opportunity to commend today's decision of the European Parliament on the well-deserved recognition of Russia as a terrorist regime," he said.
The Head of the Office of the President reminded that in recent months the Russian Federation started terror against the critical infrastructure of Ukraine. He emphasized that depriving civilians of water supply and drainage could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe.
Andriy Yermak emphasized that the project presented today is designed to help Ukrainians survive the most difficult winter in the modern history of the country.
“Generators are essential equipment that will provide people with basic needs: light, communication, access to reliable medical care in the event of a blackout caused by Russian strikes. We need them as a strategic reserve in the face of a complete and continuous blackout that may last for weeks," he said.
At the same time, the Head of the President's Office emphasized that the main priority for Ukraine today is the immediate restoration of the power grid. According to him, our country needs high-voltage equipment: autotransformers, automatic transfer switches, relays, arresters.
"The biggest war in Europe over the last half a century continues. However, Ukrainians are convinced: with the support of a united Europe, we will win, and Russia will be defeated," Andriy Yermak emphasized.
For her part, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola noted that the EU and its institutions stand in solidarity with Ukraine on the humanitarian, military and financial fronts.
She added that the provision of generators should help ensure energy and water supply for the civilian population and hospitals in Ukraine.
Roberta Metsola called on all European cities and regions to join this project of helping Ukrainians.