Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko met with a delegation from the Riga City Hall led by the Deputy Mayor of the Latvian capital, Edwards Smiltens
On April 30, 2022, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko met with a delegation from the Riga City Hall led by the Deputy Mayor of the Latvian capital, Edwards Smiltens, who arrived to hand over 11 modern buses and humanitarian aid to Kyiv.
Edwards Smiltens noted that each bus has a print from a symbolic mural with a hug, made in Riga by a Latvian artist. “It is the symbol of Latvians supporting, embracing, and helping Ukrainians,” said Smiltens. “In addition to buses, we also delivered and will send humanitarian aid — food, medicine, hygiene products. This help is not only from the authorities of Riga but also from all residents of our city to Kyiv. And now we are considering the possibility of transferring more than 30 more buses to Kyiv,” said the vice mayor of Riga.
He also noted that Latvia was the first European country to accept refugees from Ukraine. To date, 24,000 Ukrainians are sheltered in Riga, and the city authorities are ready to accept more.