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Zelenskyy spoke with Japanese Prime Minister, who promised help after Kakhovka HPP explosion

Friday, 9 June 2023, 13:51
Zelenskyy spoke with Japanese Prime Minister, who promised help after Kakhovka HPP explosion

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation. Japan plans to provide humanitarian aid in the amount of US$5 million through international organisations to the people affected by the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP).

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, quoted by Interfax-Ukraine; Office of the President of Ukraine

Details: On 9 June, Zelenskyy and Kishida held a 30-minute telephone conversation.

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The president informed the Japanese Prime Minister about the consequences of Russia's blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant and his visit to the southern oblasts of Ukraine, which are in the disaster zone.

"The aggressor has caused a large-scale man-made, environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. This is a deliberate act of terrorism and another war crime of Russia," Zelenskyy stated.

It was also noted that the destruction of the hydroelectric power plant created threats to the safety of the Zaporizhzhia NPP due to the lowering of the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir.

Kishida expressed his solidarity with the Ukrainian people in connection with the catastrophic consequences of the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. 

He said that the Japanese government is preparing a humanitarian aid package for Ukraine based on the list of priority needs submitted by the Ukrainian side.

Kishida said that Japan plans to quickly provide emergency humanitarian aid in the amount of US$5 million to residents affected by the flood through international organisations, the country's Foreign Ministry informed.

Zelenskyy informed Kishida about the situation on the contact line and Russia's latest resumption of missile terror against Ukraine. He stressed that Russian attacks target civilian infrastructure and peaceful cities.

The parties discussed further involvement of Japan's security support, cooperation in humanitarian mine clearance, ways to implement the Ukrainian Peace Formula and preparations for the Global Peace Summit.

"The latest crimes of the aggressor have confirmed that the Ukrainian Peace Formula is more relevant than ever. We must stop Russia's terror," the president stated.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation and the reconstruction of Ukraine. 

Kishida confirmed his readiness to hold a conference on the restoration of Ukraine in Japan early next year.

Background: In May, Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Hiroshima, Japan, to participate in the G7 leaders' summit, while Fumio Kishida visited Kyiv in March. 

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