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Finland sending Ukraine €4.5m in energy aid for schools, hospitals

"Ukraine's most urgent needs are now associated with securing housing and energy supply,” said Ville Skinnari, Finland's development cooperation and foreign trade minister.

Ukrainian teenagers sit on a swing at a playground illuminated by a flashlight, as power cuts continue in Kyiv, Ukraine, 02 December 2022. Kyiv and large parts of Ukraine have been affected by electricity cuts since Russian missile attacks. Image: Sergey Dolzhenko / EPA
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Finland is sending 4.5 million euros to help Ukraine's war-ravaged energy supply, the Finnish foreign affairs ministry announced in a statement on Thursday.

The ministry said Russia's attacks in Ukraine over the autumn and early winter has resulted in the destruction of around 40 percent of the country's energy infrastructure.

Finland's latest shipment of aid will be aimed at schools, early childhood education institutions and hospitals, and will also "develop the country's energy efficiency in the longer term," the ministry statement said.

"Ukraine’s most urgent needs are now associated with securing housing and energy supply. Finland’s additional support will make life easier for ordinary people and help them prepare for winter," said Ville Skinnari, development cooperation and foreign trade minister.

The support will be used towards supplying 24 schools, bomb shelters and early education centres in Dnipro with backup generators.

Meanwhile, efforts will be made to improve the energy supply situation in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, by addressing electricity supply at local schools and early education centres.

"In addition, we will be working to improve Ukraine’s energy efficiency, for example, by developing district heating, waste management and energy-efficient public transport," Skinnari said in the statement.

The funding will be channelled through the E5P, the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership, which merges contributions from the EU and a group of 24 nations. The E5P was started in 2009, when Sweden held the EU Presidency, as a way to finance energy efficiency and environmental projects in eastern Europe.

In addition to the E5P-channelled support, Finland is also gearing up to support local authorities in Ukraine to plan and implement a "sustainable recovery of the energy sector and in repairing war damage," the ministry said.

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