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  • Ukraine to receive at least 10 humanitarian demining vehicles by end of year thanks to Korea’s support
    Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, posted 17 July 2023 13:53

    Humanitarian demining is one of the priority areas of the Government of the Republic of Korea’s assistance to Ukraine. In particular, thanks to Korea’s support, Ukraine will receive 10 vehicles for humanitarian demining by the end of the year.

    This was announced by Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine, in her column for Ekonomichna Pravda. Yuliia Svyrydenko also explained the importance of the first visit of the President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, to Ukraine for Korean-Ukrainian relations.

    According to the Minister of Economy, the support of partners in humanitarian demining is essential for Ukraine, as more than 174,000 square kilometres of Ukraine may be potentially contaminated with explosive ordnance. This is almost twice the size of the Republic of Korea.

    “Thanks to the support of the Republic of Korea, we will receive at least 10 humanitarian demining vehicles by the end of the year. They are urgently needed, as there are currently no more than 20 such vehicles operating throughout the country,” said the Minister.

    According to Yuliia Svyrydenko, at the meeting in Kyiv, Yoon Suk Yeol reaffirmed Korea’s commitment to actively support Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction. Seoul sees the role of its companies in areas such as airport rehabilitation, the supply of small modular reactors, construction equipment, rail transport and information technology.

    At the same time, Ukraine is seeking to involve Korean companies in projects in green metallurgy, shipbuilding, lithium batteries and electric vehicles, power equipment, agricultural machinery and fertiliser production.

    “And, of course, we are very interested in cooperation in the defence industry, as Korean weapons are designed to counter the soviet-russian weapons of North Korea,” said Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    The Minister of Economy of Ukraine also said that an agreement between Ukraine and the Republic of Korea on projects of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) would come into force this year. The agreement provides for projects aimed at supplying Ukraine with the necessary equipment, as well as projects aimed at deepening industrial cooperation between manufacturers – localisation of Korean enterprises in Ukraine, supply of components, maintenance of equipment, investment projects, etc. The agreement was finalised in May this year during the Ukrainian delegation’s visit to Seoul.

    “Together with our partners, we are working to move from active but transactional trade to systematic, structured industrial cooperation. We are designing future reconstruction projects on the basis of a new approach to cooperation between governments and businesses,” the First Deputy Prime Minister stressed.

    It should be noted that this is the first visit of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to Ukraine, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and representatives of the Ukrainian business community. During the meeting Yoon Suk Yeol said that this year Korea’s assistance to Ukraine would reach USD 150 million. Part of the funds will be used for humanitarian demining in Ukraine.