Denmark and Sweden Restore Civil Infrastructure of Ukraine

by Olha Povalaieva
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Denmark and Sweden Restore Civil Infrastructure of Ukraine

Governments donated equipment for the reconstruction of energy, water and heat supply in Ukraine

On January 20, the Danish energy agency Energistyrelsen published information about gratuitous technical assistance for Ukrainians. The state transferred 11 tons of equipment for the restoration of the centralized water supply and heating infrastructure in the city of Mykolaiv. Today, about 470.000 people live in the city.

"We must stand together with the civilian population of Ukraine, which has been the target of Putin's brutal attacks. That is why I am grateful that Danish companies and utilities donated equipment in a short time that can really help save lives in Ukraine," the minister of climate and energy Lars Aagard.

"It is completely unacceptable that Russia is so determined to strike at civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. This places a heavy burden on the population. With our support, we meet specific needs here and now. We help, for example, by providing the population with heat and water to survive the winter. Our support, of course, comes in close dialogue and coordination with the relevant authorities in Ukraine," minister for development cooperation and global climate policy Dan Jorgensen.

The Danish embassy in Ukraine, DBDH and Danske Vandværker companies and the energy agency DANVA initiated the collection of equipment.

At the same time, the Swedish government decided to donate equipment to restore Ukraine's energy infrastructure. The Swedish state electricity operator Svenska kraftnät received an order to transfer equipment to Ukraine, which was replaced at Swedish enterprises. Thus, Ukraine will probably receive outdated equipment; however, in the conditions of the destroyed power supply system of the country, even outdated parts are of great benefit.

"Russia is using winter and cold as a weapon against the civilian population and is trying to disable the Ukrainian energy system. In the past, the government has provided a support package aimed at air defence, strengthening Ukraine's ability to defend itself against attacks on, for example, the energy system. The support of Svenska kraftnät contributes to the reconstruction of the power supply system. Together, these measures provide protection to society," minister of energy and industry Ebba Bush.

Svenska kraftnät identifies equipment that can be sent to Ukraine and is working on logistics issues.

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