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The United Kingdom announced on Saturday that it would boost its humanitarian aid to Ukraine by sending more essential equipment to relief centers and hospitals.
In a statement, the UK government said it would provide an additional 287 generators which will help run rescue centres, hospitals, masts and water pumping stations. The new generators are enough to power the equivalent of around 8,000 homes and will be used for essential services in the face of ongoing destruction in eastern Ukraine.
“Hospitals, shelters and other essential services will be given more power to operate in the face of ongoing Russian attacks with a further 287 mobile generators donated by the UK government,” the statement said.
In total, the UK will have delivered 856 generators.
“Putin’s atrocities have continued to escalate, and so we are strengthening our support for the people of Ukraine during this difficult time. Our donation of 287 additional generators will ensure that more essential services in Ukraine can continue to operate,” said Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.
Britain’s decision follows a request from Ukrainian Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko, who hailed the previous delivery of generators saying ‘light will always prevail over darkness’,” the government said.
The generators will be delivered to a Polish government center. From there, the Ukrainian government and the country’s energy networks will distribute the generators across the country to where they are needed most.
Fossil fuel rules: The British government has also said it is easing rules for supporting foreign fossil fuels to boost Ukraine’s vital energy supply.
The policy generally prevents the UK from providing new direct support to the fossil energy sector overseas – but the government will introduce two exemptions for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, to allow the UK United to meet the energy and energy needs of Ukraine, said the government.