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The UK’s Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a £5mn support fund to provide safety and security equipment to Ukraine’s civil nuclear sector.
The civil nuclear support fund will see high priority items, such as personal protective equipment, communications systems and radiation monitoring equipment, supplied to Ukraine. ‘This will enable the high levels of safety and security required to be fully restored at Chernobyl and the country’s other nuclear sites following Russian attacks,’ the government says.
‘The provision of vital equipment to Ukraine also contributes to widespread efforts to supply equipment for guard forces and to enhance the detection of the illicit movement of materials within Ukraine and across its borders, helping the country recover from Russian control of Chernobyl,’ it adds.
Commenting on the fund, Kwarteng said: ‘Energy systems play an indispensable role in ensuring national security and economic resilience. Today, the UK is ramping up our support to the Ukrainian people in their time of need by helping reconnect power across the country and protecting the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear sector, ensuring their frontline is fully equipped in the face of Russia’s brutality.’
This latest financial support follows the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ recent announcement of a £10mn Energy Support Fund to help keep Ukraine’s energy system running in wartime, enabling repairs to energy infrastructure and help reconnect power across the country.
Together, the UK has provided £22mn of support for Ukraine’s energy sector, including a £7mn donation of over 850 generators earlier this year that are already in use, helping to power essential services such as hospitals and shelters.