Spain has sent 14 new electric generators to Ukraine, where Russian attacks on energy infrastructure have left many without power or warm water as winter fast approaches. It follows Madrid sending five generators last month.
‘In view of what is proving to be a very harsh and difficult winter in Ukraine … 14 generators donated by Spain left for Ukraine to alleviate the needs created by the unfair and unjustified attacks on the Ukrainian energy infrastructure,’ Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said.
Kyiv on Friday appealed to all European allies for support, saying nearly half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure had been disabled and needed repair.
Temperatures have plunged across Ukraine in recent days, with the first snow falling on Thursday.
‘Due to a dramatic drop in temperature, electricity consumption is increasing daily in those regions of Ukraine where power supply has already been restored after massive missile strikes on 15 November on the energy infrastructure,’ said Ukrenergo, an electricity transmission system operator in Ukraine and the sole operator of the country’s high-voltage transmission lines.
Albares said Spain would also dispatch 30 ambulances as well as police reinforcements to help Ukraine investigate possible war crimes on its territory.
Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have warned that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is the ‘worst’ since the war broke out in February and insisted on the need to provide aid to the country so that it can face the winter.
Ayer salieron hacia Ucrania 14 generadores donados por España a través de la @AECID_es @CooperacionESP para paliar las necesidades creadas por los injustos e injustificados ataques a la infraestructura energética ucraniana.#StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/VicTABZSsB— José Manuel Albares (@jmalbares) November 18, 2022