Ukraine has mobilized about USD 1 billion of assistance from international partners for the winter period. Half of these are grants, the other half - goods, works, loans, most of which the state will receive in the current year.
This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Catherine Colonna following the International Conference Standing With the Ukrainian People held in Paris.
"The initiative to consolidate all our partners to support the citizens of Ukraine during the winter period is vital for us. Especially now, when russia is trying to ruthlessly destroy the critical infrastructure of Ukraine, committing terror against the civilian population," said Denys Shmyhal.
He noted that the result of the conference was quite concrete support for Ukraine to get through the winter with the minimum losses.
Apart from attracting USD 1 billion in funds and resources, it involves the creation of an effective and efficient platform of solidarity with Ukraine. It will summarize information about the needs of Ukraine and provide a mechanism for instant response of partners.
In addition, the conference triggered a large-scale energy saving program.
"We have initiated a comprehensive program to replace 50 million outdated lamps with new LED lamps. The European Commission will finance the purchase of 30 million of them. Thus, we will save 1 GW of electricity and reduce the deficit in the network. The aggressor will not be able to plunge us into cold and darkness. We will survive with the support of our friends. I am sincerely grateful to France and personally to President Emmanuel Macron for bringing partners together to help Ukraine," the Prime Minister of Ukraine emphasized.