Metinvest Group financed the delivery of humanitarian supplies from China with protective equipment and medical equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine. During three months, the Embassy of Ukraine in China received equipment worth over USD 1 million from Chinese state and provincial authorities, private organizations, associations, foundations, companies and ordinary citizens of the country.
Ukrainian military IL-76 aircraft delivered coronavirus test kits, medical protective masks, respirators, protective suits, gloves and goggles, ventilators, disinfectants and infrared thermometers.
The state enterprise "Ukrvaktsina" (Ukrainian Vaccine) will distribute the medical supplies to local authorities, medical institutions and universities of Kyiv and Kyiv region, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lutsk, Lviv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Zhitomir and Sumy regions.
Metinvest Group spent USD 250,000 to organize the flight from Beijing to Borispol. The plane landed in Borispol on the morning of June 24. The humanitarian cargo was met by Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Ihor Ivashchenko, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Ukraine Fan Xianrong and Metinvest Group CEO Yuriy Ryzhenkov.
Yuriy Ryzhenkov, CEO of Metinvest Group:
"Metinvest Group, as well as the Foundations of its shareholders Rinat Akhmetov and Vadym Novynskiy, have been involved in the fight against coronavirus in Ukraine since the first days – approximately UAH 500 million have been jointly channeled for this purpose. Under the agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Metinvest decided to finance the flight carrying humanitarian cargo, which was handed over to Ukrainians by ordinary Chinese citizens. It is a gesture of goodwill on the part of the Chinese people, which we appreciate very much."
Fan Xianrong, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Ukraine:
"In this common fight against the new virus, the efforts of all relevant parties - the central and regional governments, enterprises - are needed. Business shall be an integral part of this process. Therefore, Ukrainian and Chinese businesses closely interact with each other. Ukraine supported China at the very beginning of the epidemic, and we in turn come to the rescue at the moment when your country needs it."
Yevgen Yenin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine:
"This is a gesture of solidarity of the Chinese people with the Ukrainian people in the fight against COVID-19 epidemic. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the Chinese government, the organizations that granted this humanitarian cargo, and to Metinvest, which financed the flight to deliver this cargo."