An Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) IL-76 MD plane has delivered humanitarian aid from the People’s Republic of China to Kyiv for combating COVID-19. The shipment is the largest provided so far to Ukraine from China.
“The largest humanitarian aid ever delivered from China by the UAF plane contained more than 125 cubic meters of cargo,” Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Enin said at a briefing at Boryspil Airport on Wednesday.
The humanitarian aid includes protective masks, suits, disinfectants, as well as 10 mechanical ventilation devices donated by the founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Enin said that the cargo was collected by 39 institutions: heads of provinces, enterprises and some public activists.
“The Chinese people have shown an extremely sincere gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people in countering the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Ihor Ivaschenko said that all the cargo received is humanitarian, and its recipient is state-owned enterprise Ukrvaccine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The cargo will be distributed between the healthcare institutions of Ukraine, higher educational institutions, as well as regional administrations.
The list of cargo recipients also includes separate institutions that are defined as targeted delivery of goods, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, higher educational institutions such as Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, National Aviation Institute, and some regional administrations: Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Sumy, Poltava and some city councils. There are also goods that will be sent to the Main Military Hospital and the Oleksandrivska Hospital.
Ivaschenko also said that over the next month the goods will be distributed in accordance with applications.
At the same time, Enin added that regarding the received artificial lung ventilators, a distribution decision will be made in the near future, and they will be sent to places that need this technical support most.
In China, the loading of another plane with medical supplies designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine has been completed, the Ukraine’s Embassy in China said.
“Today, on April 2, at the international airport in Xiamen (Fujian province), the loading of another plane with medical supplies for Ukraine has been completed. About 109 m3 of medical protective equipment for Ukrainian citizens were loaded on board the aircraft,” the Ukrainian Embassy in China said on Facebook on Thursday.
In addition, the preparation of several more aircraft with a similar mission is currently being agreed with the PRC authorities.
Ukrainian diplomats explained that the flight is carried out within the framework of an air bridge between Ukraine and China, which was built with the aim of delivering the most necessary medical supplies to Ukraine as quickly as possible to counter the spread of COVID-19.
The Embassy also provides support for this campaign in the PRC in cooperation with the Coordination Council on countering the spread of COVID-19 under the President of Ukraine and the Consulate General of Ukraine in Shanghai. The Ukrainian participants of the campaign are assisted in communication with Chinese partners.
Head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Ali Abedzadeh called scientifically untenable the version of Western countries that the Ukrainian passenger plane crashed near Tehran this week was shot down by an Iranian missile. According to Press TV, he said this version as “illogical rumors.”
“So far what I can tell you is that the plane has not been hit by a missile, and we have to look for the cause of the fire,” he said.
He added what could be said was that the plane had not been hit by a missile and was likely on fire before it crashed.
Nova Poshta Group of Companies has started testing aviation delivery service within Ukraine and now draws out new delivery formats.
“Boxes of Nova Posta are travelling between cities with million-plus cities by plane. Not all so far because we are still testing the air delivery service,” Nova Poshta reported on its official page in Facebook.
The testing flight Kyiv-Lviv started in the second part of August 28.
“Today we sent the first test flight Kyiv-Lviv-Kyiv! This means that we will soon offer customers delivery on the same day from Kyiv to Lviv, and then to Kharkiv, Dnipro and Odesa. And also we will connect the cities of western, eastern and southern Ukraine with guaranteed delivery on the next day,” Nova Poshta co-owner Volodymyr Popereshniuk wrote on Facebook.
Nova Poshta, founded in 2001, is the leader in the local express delivery market. The company’s network consists of over 3,300 offices throughout Ukraine.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) has expanded its fleet with the third Boeing 777-200 ER plane. The press service of the airline reported that the plane received the UR-GOC registration number. UR-GOC aircraft accommodates 361 passengers in three-class cabin configuration, i.e. Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.
UIA will operate the aircraft on regular routes between Kiev and New York, Beijing, and Bangkok.
In 2018, UIA has received seven planes: three long-haul Boeing 777 and four medium-haul Boeing 737-800 NG, including three planes from the Boeing plant. In Q2 and Q3 2018 the airline plans to expand its fleet with two more long-haul Boeing 777 and two Embraer 195 planes. Ukraine International Airlines was founded in 1992. It connects Ukraine with more than 50 cities and key points in Europe, Asia, America, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS countries and provides connection with the routes of partner airlines in more than 3,000 cities of the world. UIA performs more than 1,100 regular flights a week.
The fleet consists of 43 airplanes of different modifications, including 30 medium range Boeing-737 NG aircraft. One of the ultimate beneficiaries of the company is businessman Ihor Kolomoisky.