Aid convoy heads from Rīga to Kakhovka disaster victims

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On Tuesday, another humanitarian convoy, organized by the Confederation of Ukrainian Associations in Latvia "Viche", traveled from Rīga to Ukraine, this time, with assistance for victims of the Kakhovka disaster, Latvian Radio reported.

On the night of June 6, the Kakhovka dam and hydroelectric power station in Kherson district in southern Ukraine was blown up. As a result, a huge amount of water spilled from the reservoir, which flooded populated areas, resulting in mass evacuations.

This convoy includes assistance for victims of the Kakhovka disaster – specialized rescue boats, food kits, water treatment products, generators, animal feed, and other items.

Although usually it takes several weeks to prepare a humanitarian convoy, the confederation managed to assemble this one in a short time. 

Ukraine's Ambassador in Latvia Anatoly Kucelov said that this time it has been very important to help both the Ukrainian armed forces and civilians. "Given the situation in Kherson, we are placing emphasis on rescue boats and the necessary equipment for emergency services and volunteers helping to evacuate people. It was also very important to help with mine clearance, so we send several vehicles full of the necessary equipment."

The confederation's head Oksana Sičko said that there was no tiredness in providing aid.

“Of course there is no fatigue; if any thought of that appears, you should think at once of the feelings of those soldiers on the front lines, they have not been tired for a year. I say, we do it for Ukraine, and I see energy from the fact that I can give away my love, my energy, and I can be useful to my own people. What can be better?” said Sičko.

The charity platform Ziedot.lv also takes part. "We cannot forget what is happening in Ukraine because it is also a story about us, and people know it," said Ziedot.lv's head Rūta Dimanta. "With this convoy, we, Ziedot.lv, send [aid] directly to the mitigation of the consequences of the Kakhovka flood. [..] The first load worth nearly 40 thousand euros is starting its way to Ukraine."

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