KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 17 — Representatives of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine and heads of Czech businesses offered to help restore the energy, heating, and healthcare systems in the Kharkiv Oblast, reported Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

Oleh Syniehubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region, met with representatives of Czech officials and businesses. He noted that the region needs technical assistance preparing for the upcoming heating season to achieve energy independence.

According to international partners, to restore energy capacities and provide the Kharkiv Oblast with alternative energy sources, the Czech partners are ready to organize fundraising campaigns around the world like they did when they ran a campaign to purchase shells for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Czech Republic will also ensure the production of the necessary gas and diesel generator sets for the region.

According to Marek Svoboda, the general director of the Czech Health Technology Institute, last year, the Czechs handed over several installations for the simultaneous production of heat and electricity.

“In the coming weeks, sponsors from the Czech Republic will assist the primary healthcare sector in the Kharkiv region. This project has a long-term implementation and appropriate financing,” reported the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

The parties will determine steps in implementing projects related to the restoration of facilities providing energy and heating supply, and healthcare of the region in the near future.

Russian missile attack on energy infrastructure on March 22 severely damaged Kharkiv’s Thermal Power Plant-5. It may take several years to rebuild and restore it. Power outages have been reported in the city and region. Now, the city is considering shifting towards decentralized heating because it’s not likely the TPP-5 can be rebuilt before the next heating season.

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