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Joint appeal for energy aid to Ukraine: manufacturing and automotive industries urged to join energy companies

The EU’s Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, German Galushchenko and the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski, have published a joint written statement to increase emergency equipment donations to Ukraine.

The joint appeal emphasised that “for Ukraine to survive the winter, efforts must be stepped up to keep the country’s energy infrastructure functional” and underlined that its critical infrastructure has been completely destroyed in many parts of the country, following Russia’s continued targeted campaign.

“Ukrainian energy companies are working tirelessly to repair damaged infrastructure, often just hours after military activity has ceased. This work needs a tremendous amount of equipment, fuel, tools and materials, which Ukraine lacks. As a winter at war awaits Ukraine, 950.000 people are without electricity and 600.000 households are left without gas or district heating services, along with 250.000 households lacking proper water supply”, the statement read.

“Without our help, they will be forced to survive without heating, electricity or water. Matching the scale of Ukraine’s energy sector needs requires a collective effort and prioritised attention,” continued the statement. “Let us step up in solidarity and support the people of Ukraine in their hour of need. Donations of emergency energy equipment are needed now more than ever to help Ukraine prepare for winter.”

The letter urged private companies and associations “not only in the energy sector” – but also the manufacturing and automotive industries and governments to intensify aid in order to ensure the functioning of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Governments, companies and associations are advised to contact the Energy Community Secretariat’s Ukraine Support Task Force (USTF) for the most recent list of most urgent needs and assistance in the donation process.

Earlier this month, Lithuanian energy companies, Amber Grid and Litgrid, announced that some of their energy aid has already reached Ukraine with further supplies scheduled for delivery as soon as possible.

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