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Slovenian PM personally meets Ukrainian rescue workers who came to help after floods

Saturday, 12 August 2023, 16:29
Slovenian PM personally meets Ukrainian rescue workers who came to help after floods
Photo: the Slovenian government official website

Robert Golob, Prime Minister of Slovenia, has personally met the Ukrainian rescue team who have come to provide assistance following floods in Slovenia.

Source: press service of the Slovenian government, as reported by European Pravda

Quote: "Ukraine has sent its best unit, which is completely self-sufficient and has all the necessary equipment. Therefore, I am sure that it [the rescue team – ed.] will be able to help in the least accessible places," Golob said, thanking the Ukrainian side for their help.

Details: The Slovenian government’s press service said the 51-member team from the Ukrainian State Emergency Service will provide five excavators and 14 other vehicles to clear rubble and deal with the aftermath of flooding in the Zgornjesavska Dolina (Upper Sava Valley).

"The same team helped, among other things, to tackle the flood after the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine’s south in June of this year [2023], and now they will share their experience and knowledge with us," the statement said.

Golob said he was delighted that the help from Ukraine had arrived so quickly.

"We have offered them help with mine clearance, which we are very happy to do in the future, and they are helping us where they have the best equipment. I think this is the right way to go," Golob said.

Photo: the Slovenian government official website

The assistance between Slovenia and Ukraine is mutual, as Slovenia has provided Ukraine with humanitarian, financial and military aid since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

"I have said many times that we greatly appreciate the support we have received from Slovenia. That is why, as soon as we received information about what had happened in your country, the Foreign Minister reported [this information] to the President, and he approved the decision to provide assistance to Slovenia," said Andrii Taran, the Ukrainian ambassador to Slovenia.

Reference: Recent heavy rains have caused significant damage in Slovenia, causing at least seven major bridges to collapse and affecting roads and energy infrastructure facilities. Thousands of people have had to leave their homes, many were evacuated by helicopters and boats, and some have lost their lives.

The authorities say this is the worst flood in Slovenia’s recent history, affecting two-thirds of the country's territory.

Background: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on the provision of humanitarian aid to Slovenia.

The EU has promised Slovenia €400 million for reconstruction following the devastating floods.

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