Ukrainian support trolleybus goes out on Rīga streets

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A special trolleybus will be travelling daily from Jugla to Ziepniekkalns (route 4), which will take part in a Ukrainian support campaign 'United 24', in which many European capitals participate. By scanning the QR code on the bus, it is possible to donate to Ukrainian aid, Latvian Television reported on March 1.

On Wednesday, March 1, Ukraine's Ambassador to Latvia Oleksandr Mischenko, whose mandate will end this week, took a honorary ride in the trolleybus. He reiterated that Latvia's support is unrelenting.

“I would like to thank the Latvians again for their support. “From the Ukrainian army, from the people of Ukraine, from all those people now sitting in bomb shelters – thank you for what you do every day,” the Ambassador said.

He mentioned the public buses donated to Ukraine. 

“I've even seen those buses in Kyiv. I stopped one of them in the middle of the road. And the driver didn't get why. I explained why. He told me that the buses were very well prepared, in technical terms. It's very good to have those labels with Rīga. [..] There are 21 buses running and it looks visually that Kyiv only has buses from Rīga,” the ambassador said.

The aid will not stop after the change of Ukrainian ambassadors, said Rīga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis.

“When we have a budget, we will also be able to support [Ukraine] financially. The most important thing is that the refugees traveling to Rīga can feel safe here,” the mayor said.

Michchenko, meanwhile, said: “I am sure we will win and do it together. Let's win it together!”

The initiator of United 24 is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Cities like Vienna, Vilnius, and Prague have also joined the campaign, and soon such public transport will start running in Amsterdam, Brussels, and Stockholm.

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