Taiwan sends 48 emergency vehicles to Ukraine
The vehicles include retired firetrucks, ambulances and pickup trucks. Volunteers plan to fill them with specialized equipment and humanitarian aid for Ukraine
This is reported by Taiwan News.
The humanitarian cargo includes 48 vehicles, in particular 20 ambulances, at least 6 fire trucks and several dozen jeeps and minibuses for the needs of Ukrainian defenders at the front.
“Taiwan is sending 48 vehicles, including over 20 ambulances, 6 fire trucks and several dozen jeeps and minibuses to Ukraine. Local volunteers will also fill the automobiles with humanitarian items and specialist equipment, according to the statement. Thank you Taiwan,” UNITED24.media tweeted.
The project was initiated by Taiwanese entrepreneur Pai Tsan-jung, chairman of Sun Jen Textile Co. in Changhua County. It was he who began purchasing used vehicles across Taiwan and sponsored their repair and re-equipment. Responding to Pai Tsan-jung's request, government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, regional police and customs departments, also contributed to the collection.
The vehicles are expected to arrive in Ukraine by sea in mid-July. The Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, the Taiwan Association for Community Development (TACA) and other donors have already started collecting humanitarian aid and specialized equipment to fill the trucks before they leave.
Pai Tsan-jung says he is helping Ukrainians for two reasons: the first is his admiration for Ukraine’s brave president, and the second is that he cannot ignore people's suffering, even if they live so far away.
Pai called the humanitarian aid an "impossible mission" and thanked various organizations for their help. He said he was happy to see the Taiwanese national flag accompanying the vehicles and hoped that they would show "the most sincere humanitarian assistance from Taiwan" to the people of Ukraine.