Amazon received the Ukraine Peace Prize for supporting the country during the war unleashed by Russia, the award was presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov during a meeting in Lugano (Switzerland).
“Amazon AWS has been actively supporting Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion. The company helped save our digital infrastructure during the war. In particular, the migration of Ukraine’s state registries and critical databases to the Amazon AWS cloud environment was critical. And from the very first days of the war, it banned the registration of new customers from Russia and Belarus,” the message on the Telegram channel of the Ministry of Digital Transformation says.
The ministry notes that Fedorov also discussed with Liam Maxwell, Director of Government Transformation at Amazon Web Services, further cooperation in the areas of digital lending and the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
“Maxwell noted that the company is ready to help with technological solutions for the digitalization of the public sector and the judicial system,” the ministry said.
Ukraine Peace Prize is an award introduced by the President of Ukraine for companies and corporations, governments, officials, world politicians who most support Ukraine and help in the fight against the Russian aggressor.
As reported, Google was the first to receive the Ukraine Peace Prize. This award was also received by Microsoft.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Israeli President Isaac Herzog met in Kyiv to discuss cooperation in trade, science and technology, and medicine, the Ukrainian government’s press service said on Tuesday.
Shmyhal told Herzog of the projects to create and upgrade irrigation systems in southern Ukraine and invited Israeli companies to take part in their implementation, the service said.
Science and technology is one of the promising areas of cooperation between the two countries, the prime minister said.
Also, Ukraine is keen on sharing experience and to study the Israeli government’s support for the development of new technologies, commercialization of scientific research, creation of startups, and encouragement of investment in scientific research, he said.
“We are also interested in broadening our cooperation on information and latest technologies and implementing joint promising projects in this sphere,” Shmyhal said.
With regard to medical and pharmaceutical cooperation, he said: “Given the significant experience gained by Israel in this sphere, Ukraine is interested in sharing information on psychological rehabilitation of war veterans and combatants, introducing cooperation in the sphere of providing the disabled with rehabilitation services.”
For his part, Herzog reaffirmed his readiness to cooperate on new technologies, adding that the new government of Israel is ready to intensify cooperation with Ukraine in a variety of sectors, the press service said.
The European Union’s position to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is unchanged, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said. High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell gave such assurances to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during a telephone conversation on Tuesday, April 21 before the meeting with EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, which will also consider the Ukrainian issue. This was announced by the EU press service on Wednesday.
“High Representative Borrell underlined the EU’s steadfast support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He welcomed Ukraine’s continued reform efforts, highlighting in particular the importance of the banking law in this regard,” the message reads.
He also highlighted the EU’s support to Ukraine in response to the coronavirus outbreak. EUR 190 million has been allocated to Ukraine, to support the health sector and social and economic recovery. In that context, they also emphasized the importance to counter disinformation surrounding the pandemic.
“They discussed the recent release and exchange of detainees related to the conflict in eastern Ukraine that took place on 16 April, and the need to continue work to implement the Minsk agreements,” the press release reads.
High Representative Borrell looked forward to visiting Ukraine as a priority once the conditions allow.
Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Ukraine Matti Maasikas has said that the European Union will continue supporting Ukraine on the way of reforms and European integration. Tomorrow Ukraine marks the 6th anniversary of the beginning of the Revolution of Dignity, which radically changed and reoriented the modern history of the country, he said at a meeting of the Ukrainian government on Wednesday. He said that the Ukrainian people have already paid and continue to pay a high price for the European choice. The country took up this challenge while it is defending its territorial integrity and sovereignty, he said.
For the sake of the values and principles that we share, you can count on the indestructible support of the European Union, Maasikas said.
Speaking about the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, Maasikas said that it is the contractual basis of Ukraine-EU bilateral relations.
He said that among the vital reforms are the fight against corruption, progress in the field of digital technologies, energy, and environmental protection.
“The demand for reforms in these areas will sound louder from your citizens than our requests to fulfill the obligations of the agreement,” the ambassador said.
He also said that since 2014, the EU has mobilized EUR 15 billion in grants and loans to support reforms in Ukraine.
The EU welcomes the government’s intentions to deepen cooperation in the energy and digital space, Maasikas said.