The aid is provided in the form of goods or funding through the Finnish state, a humanitarian aid organization or other reliable partner.
“The war in Ukraine has caused a humanitarian emergency, and aid is now critical for the people in the midst of the war. Cities want to show their support for Ukraine in this very sad and shocking situation,” the 17 mayors said. joint press release.
The mayors also called on other municipalities to start similar cooperation.
Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen (NCP) told me YLE on Tuesday that the capital has decided to suspend its cooperation with the two largest cities in Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg. For example, Helsinki has begun preparations to close down the city-owned Helsinki Center in St. Petersburg.
“We also directly support Ukraine with humanitarian aid in line with the Finnish government’s foreign policy,” he said.
Vartiainen also revealed that the armed conflict in Helsinki requires other measures, such as raising one’s own readiness, preparing to receive refugees fleeing the conflict and directing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page