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Georgia will send humanitarian aid to Ukraine

By Tatia Megeneishvili
Monday, September 8
Georgia will send humanitarian aid, mainly medical supplies and medicines worth over GEL 1 million GEL (about USD 570,000) to Ukraine on September 10.

Minister of Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia Davit Sergeenko made a statement in this regard after a government session on September 4th.

Sergeenko, who visited Kiev last week, said that the aid will include first-aid and surgical kits, medical supplies, diabetes medicines, antibiotics and children’s vaccines.

He said that a cargo plane loaded with the humanitarian aid will be sent to Ukraine on September 10, the latest date may be September 11.

“The humanitarian cargo is ready to be shipped. We have also identified the appropriate amount. Employees of our ministry have made an agreement with representatives of transport companies and the first flight will be carried out in the second week of September,” stated Sergeenko.

According to the minister, the aid includes supplies that were requested by the Ukrainian side at this stage. The minister held consultations with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev last week.

Earlier this week Sergeenko said that he informed the Ukrainian authorities on Tbilisi’s readiness to send doctors to Ukraine or to bring citizens injured in military hostilities to Georgia for treatment. However, according to Sergeenko, the Ukrainian side told him that there is no need for that at this stage.

“We are ready to react within 24 hours if such a request is made by the Ukrainian side,” stressed Sergeenko.

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili also commented upon the upcoming event. “Ukraine has serious problems today. We are ready to assist this country, including taking the injured to Georgia and their treatment or immediate humanitarian aid,” stated Gharibashvili.