On February 15–16, 5 Lithuanian companies are taking part in the exhibition Rebuild Ukraine in Warsaw, and projects implemented by Lithuania in Ukraine are presented as well. Over 300 representatives from governmental institutions, organisations, and businesses from different countries – Poland, Denmark, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK, Germany, Estonia and Switzerland – participate in the exhibition.
“Ukraine and its people need more than just military aid at the moment. That is why, without waiting for the war to end, we have started reconstruction efforts, for which the Government of Lithuania has allocated more than EUR 11 million,” said Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Jurgutis. He hopes that this exhibition will also be useful for the Lithuanian companies seeking to contribute to the reconstruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and to find new clients.
“Our first projects are aimed at meeting the most urgent needs and are focused on the reconstruction of Ukrainian education institutions as well as transport and communications infrastructure, installation of temporary housing for war refugees, and modernisation of Ukraine’s electricity distribution network,” said Giedrė Balčytytė, Chancellor of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
The exhibition in Warsaw showcases a mobile settlement project in Borodianka, which is already at its final stages. The settlement will accommodate 36 families. It is expected to be completed by March.
Another project in Borodiana is renovation of a school damaged by explosions which is expected to accommodate around 700 children after the reconstruction. The works are to be completed by September.
Lithuania is also in charge of the renovation of a kindergarten in Irpin. The kindergarten, which was damaged by explosions and fire, will be rebuilt and renovation works have already started and is also expected to be completed by September this year.
A project in Mykolaiv is also underway to modernise the Ukrainian electricity system. Once completed, it will make the city’s electricity distribution network more efficient and more in line with the European Union standards.
At the exhibition in Warsaw, a virtual reality installation “Emotional Breakthrough” at the Lithuanian stand, created by the Gediminas Legion, will allow visitors to indirectly visit the Ukrainian settlements of Bucha and Irpin, destroyed by the Russian war criminals.