Ukrainian Mayor Thanks Israel for Aid


Workers load packages of Israeli humanitarian aid to assist people caught up in the fighting in Ukraine, in Ben Gurion airport, March 1. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov thanked Israel’s Foreign Ministry in a letter for the aid Israel sent. “I believe that through a united effort we will be able to overcome the challenge and establish cooperation in the rehabilitation of Kharkiv after our victory as well,” he says.

Ukrainian officials have been critical of Israel during the war, for what they perceived as limited help. Israel has provided the residents of the city with hundreds of food parcels and medicine, among other things.

“On behalf of all Kharkiv residents and myself, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine and you personally for the humanitarian assistance you have provided for Kharkiv,” Ihor Terekhov wrote in a letter addressed to the Israeli Ambassador in Ukraine, Michael Brodsky.

Foreign Ministry official Einat Shlain said the Foreign Ministry has been working to provide Ukraine with humanitarian aid since the beginning of March.

We did so “creatively, based on the needs on the ground: from shipping coats and blankets, medicine, [electric] generators, and water purification systems to setting up a field hospital in partnership with the Health Ministry, delivering food to citizens in the besieged cities and conducting workshops on how to cope with trauma and … [personal violence inflicted on] thousands of Ukrainians,” she said.

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