Ukrainian envoy praises Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aid efforts

Ukrainian envoy praises Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aid efforts
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Updated 26 February 2024
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Ukrainian envoy praises Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aid efforts

Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko   hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people
  • Ukrainian Embassy in Riyadh hosts exhibition on defending homeland

RIYADH: Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko has thanked Saudi Arabia for providing “vital” humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine as the Russia-Ukraine conflict entered its third year.

“The help of the Saudi people has been absolutely vital … and I reiterate it on every occasion to deliver a message of gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and all Saudi people for their generosity and kindness being extended to the Ukrainian people these difficult days,” Petrenko told Arab News.

On Feb. 15, the Saudi aid agency KSrelief initiated a humanitarian mission to deliver essential aid to the people of Ukraine, with flights operating from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh to Rzeszow Airport, located near the Poland-Ukraine border.

“We have the next plane tomorrow and this is going to be tremendously important for people who are displaced in central and southern regions of Ukraine,” the ambassador said.

On Friday, KSrelief’s ninth cargo plane departed from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, carrying 80 tons of relief materials, including generators and baby food canisters.

“This is an impressive logistical operation — 18 planes with so many appliances, generators, baby foodstuff, all currently being delivered to Ukraine literally as we speak,” Petrenko said.

“For us, this is a matter of principle that Saudi Arabia always supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in accordance with international law, in accordance with key principles of the UN charter, and at the same time the Kingdom provides vital humanitarian assistance.”




Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko   hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people in defending their lands. (Supplied)

The ambassador emphasized that the two countries continue to uphold their economic cooperation, adding that Ukrainian companies are entering Saudi markets, and Saudi companies are still operating successfully in Ukraine.

“This is impressive, and we join our efforts in moving forward with a peace formula, which is the plan to reestablish lost peace in Ukraine,” he explained.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Embassy hosted an exhibition to showcase the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people in defending their lands.

“On Feb. 24, two years ago, everyone in Ukraine was shocked; no one could believe it happened, but immediately, every Ukrainian realized that we had to stand up and fight otherwise we would vanish as a nation,” the envoy said.

“Our exhibition here is to showcase how we fight, how we are supported by our friends and the international community, and how we gradually build our domestic defense industry,” Petrenko added.

The ambassador delivered a speech at the exhibition along with the Ukrainian Defense Attache Col. Roman Muzychenko.

“Saudi Arabia, our host nation, consistently supports Ukraine in accordance with the key principles of the UN charter,” the ambassador highlighted during his speech.

“This exhibition is to show the resilience of the Ukrainian people and (our) determination to protect our own lands, to secure a future for Ukrainian generations, and to defend our choice of life and foreign policy,” he added.

The ambassador explained that the exhibition showcases the support Ukrainians are receiving, how they are fighting, and how they are developing their capacities. It highlights that “Ukrainians will not compromise on their national security interests in any way,” he added.

Petrenko concluded the interview with Arab News with a final message, stating: “Ukraine wants peace, but that peace must be just and lasting and in accordance with international law and every Ukrainian is more than focused and more than determined to continue to defend the country … remembering that this is our future and this is in our hands.”


KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries
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KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

KSrelief continues aid projects across several countries

RIYADH: Saudi charity KSrelief distributed 1,930 food parcels on Saturday to displaced families in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. 
The initiative, part of the group’s food-security support project in Sudan, benefited 12,236 individuals, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The assistance comes within the framework of a series of relief and humanitarian projects implemented by Saudi Arabia through KSrelief to help conflict-hit areas, SPA added.
In Lebanon, KSrelief provided health care services to Syrian refugees and their host community in Arsal town of Baalbek Governorate. 
The Arsal Health Care Center received a total of 3,422 patients and offered 6,128 services from various health sections such as clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, nursing and the community and mental health program. 
In Yemen, KSrelief continues its implementation of the water supply and environmental sanitation projects across several districts. If February, KSrelief pumped 36,207,000 liters of usable water and 3,194,000 liters of potable water into Hajjah Governorate.
Additionally, the center carried out 237 transportation operations to remove waste from displaced camps.
In Saada Governorate, KSrelief pumped 290,000 liters of potable water and another 290,000 liters of usable water, benefiting 30,100 people.


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Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss Middle East escalation

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke with the prime minister of Iraq on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

During their phone call, Prince Mohammed and Mohammed Al-Sudani discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.

They also dissussed the importance of making the necessary efforts to prevent the situation from worsening and ways to spare the region from the risks of escalation, SPA added.


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Saudi FM receives phone call from Iranian counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (File/AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday.

During the call, the officials discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.


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Saudi defense minister discusses military escalation in region with US counterpart

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in Middle East with US Secretary of Defense.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in the Middle East on Sunday with his US counterpart during a phone call.

The call comes after Iran launched a wave of missiles and attack drones against Israel overnight Saturday to Sunday.

Prince Khalid and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also discussed efforts to contain the crisis while upholding international peace and security.

The officials also reviewed their strategic defense partnership and explored ways to further enhance it, the Kingdom’s defense minister said in a post on X. 


Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones

Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones
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Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones

Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones
  • Ali Alhammadi has been passionate about visual arts since childhood

JEDDAH: Ali Alhammadi, a Saudi 32-year-old visual artist from Aldawadmi in Riyadh, has carved out a remarkable pathway in the world of art since his professional debut in 2017.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the “Saudi renaissance” in line with Vision 2030, prompting him to embark on a creative expedition to express his perceptions through the canvas.

Alhammadi told Arab News that his art philosophy is about breaking invisible limitations and transcending comfort zones, drawing inspiration from the evergreen landscapes he encountered during camping trips with his father in the Riyadh desert.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

“During every spring season, me and my father used to go camping in the outskirts of Riyadh, when the desert turns green for a couple of months, where all the magical inspiration happens.”

Through his landscapes and abstract pieces, Alhammadi delves into his feelings, insecurities and aspirations, painting a narrative that speaks volumes.

“I use my art to express both happiness and sadness, and sometimes I start a painting with an idea in mind, but then I end up with a new one,” he said.

Ali Alhammadi, Saudi artist

One of Alhammadi’s pioneering techniques, “Invisible Limitations,” challenges traditional conceptions and societal norms, symbolizing the potential within, and beyond self-imposed boundaries. He said that his work reflects a realization that limitations are merely illusions.

“Our comfort zone sometimes restricts our ability to be inspired and inspire others. That’s why I decided to paint the Invisible Limitations theme.

“As I matured, I realized that most of these limitations don’t exist ... our limitation is the sky.”

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

Alhammadi’s artistic evolution has been influenced by his participation in prestigious exhibitions such as The Stars Exhibition at the German Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the second Riyadh Season Exhibition.

These platforms not only showcased his talent but also provided a catalyst for his creative development, empowering him to delve deeper into his cultural roots while embracing global influences.

Navigating between diverse cultural landscapes, Alhammadi, based between Liverpool and Riyadh, seamlessly fuses vibrant hues and styles, blending Saudi heritage and international artistic trends.

His experiences abroad have expanded his artistic horizons, inspiring him to create artworks that resonate with a global audience while retaining a distinctive Saudi essence. “Now that I have found my theme and art style, I believe that this phase will take me to different phases in my professional art career,” he said.

Looking toward the future, Alhammadi envisions his artwork evolving to explore the intricacies of human and cultural relationships, going deeper into themes that resonate with universal emotions and experiences. “Human and cultural relationships is something I’m keen on expressing through art,” he said.

His participation in international and local events such as the Founding Day in Liverpool and the National Day in London has not only spotlighted his talent but also enriched his artistic narrative with a tapestry of diverse influences.

For aspiring visual artists embarking on their creative odyssey, Alhammadi offers this advice: “Stay true to your vision, embrace your unique style, and let your art tell your story.”