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SMHI donates diesel generator to hospital in Ukraine


In connection with Minister for Climate and the Environment Romina Pourmokhtari’s visit to Ukraine in recent days, the Government decided to instruct the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) to transfer a diesel generator to Ukraine. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, together with the European Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has been in contact with a Ukrainian hospital that is in great need of this support, and will promptly make arrangements for the generator to be transported to Ukraine.

In light of Ukraine’s very difficult situation due to Russia’s invasion, Sweden has previously donated equipment and materiel to the country. SMHI has procured a new backup generator for its power supply and the old diesel generator is no longer in use.

Based on dialogue with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, SMHI learned of a Ukrainian hospital in need of such a generator. The Government has therefore decided to allow SMHI to donate the generator.

“Ukraine is fighting not only for its own freedom, but for Europe’s future. Sweden continues to support Ukraine in military, economic and humanitarian terms and through cooperation with our government agencies that can provide necessary knowledge and resources. The diesel generator now being donated will help save lives,” says Ms Pourmokhtari.

The receiving hospital is located in southern Ukraine, an area that has been subjected to heavy Russian attacks throughout the war. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency together with ERCC will organise transportation of the generator. 

Ms Pourmokhtari travelled to Ukraine at the invitation of Minister of Environmental Protection Ruslan Strilets. She visited the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl and attended a ceremony marking the 38th anniversary of the catastrophic accident that took place there in April 1986. 

Her programme also included a bilateral meeting with Mr Strilets, lunch with members of the Ukrainian parliament and a field visit to Borodyanka, a settlement outside Kyiv that suffered substantial environmental damage in the early stages of the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022.

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