Cooperation between Dnipropetrovsk region and Croatia

The Republic of Croatia highly values the resilience and resistance of the Ukrainian people, and respects the heroism of the Ukrainian military who defend their homes, families and their Motherland. The country consistently supports Ukraine in political, diplomatic, legal, financial, humanitarian and technical terms.

The Government of Croatia also supports granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership and all restrictive measures against Russia introduced by the European Union. The country has declared persons non grata and expelled 18 diplomats and six employees of the administrative apparatus of the Russian embassy (total of 24 employees) amid global outrage after news of mass killings of civilians in the Kyiv region during the time the territory was under the control of Russian troops.

On July 31, 2022, Ukrainians and Croats gathered at the French Republic Square in Zagreb with a call to the world community to recognize Russia as a terrorist state and to bring Russian inhumans to justice.

On the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine, Ukrainians carried a 30-meter Ukrainian flag through the central streets of Zagreb. The crown of the procession was its final stop in Sveučilišna livada park near the fountains, which were illuminated with images of Ukrainian national symbols and the colors of the national flag of Ukraine with the inscription “Hvala Hrvatska!” (Thank you, Croatia!).

On August 2, 2022, the Pevex Sesvete shopping center in Zagreb joined more than 1,400 Croatian participants in the international campaign “Support Ukrainians”, which began in the capital of Croatia in early May 2022 with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in Croatia. At the event to mark the launch of the campaign, Ambassador Vasyl Kyrylych thanked the chairman of the board of PEVEX Kreshimir Bubal for the trade network’s participation in this important project and supporting Ukrainian producers in this way against the background of Russia’s barbaric aggression against Ukraine. The participants of the action were also representatives of the Ukrainian corporation “Biosphere” and the management of the PEVEX network.

During the working visit of the Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Mykola Kolisnyk to Croatia, agreements were reached on cooperation with the Croatian side in matters of diversification of fuel supplies to Ukraine.

On the initiative of the Embassy of Ukraine in Croatia and in cooperation with the mayors of cities and regional authorities, in June-August 2022 in Croatia, in the cities of Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split, Senj, Otočac, on the islands of Hvar and Ciovo, more than 700 children of defenders of Ukraine recovered.

Since the beginning of the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, this country has already accepted more than 20,000 of our citizens. In Croatia, while under temporary protection, Ukrainians have the right to medical assistance and employment. They can also rent housing under a special program or stay with a local family.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian war, Croatia has provided Ukraine with almost 115 tons of humanitarian aid, as well as firefighting equipment worth about €60,000. Also, Croatia plans to allocate financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the amount of €5 million. The aid will come within the framework of the international high-level donor conference for Ukraine.

Croatia sent the Armed Forces of Ukraine infantry weapons (rifles, machine guns) and personal protective equipment for the military in the amount sufficient for four brigades, the cost of which is more than €16.5 million. Also, Croatia will help Ukraine to demine the occupied territories. For this, the country will provide the necessary equipment and machinery.

Croatia, from its own recent experience, understands the pain and struggle of Ukrainians, and Ukraine feels a special attitude and support from the Croatian people, who chose their independence through the war.

The analysis of export and import transactions of the Dnipropetrovsk region with Croatia also demonstrates a high level of partnership relations, because the mentioned state is an important trading partner of the region.

According to the results of 2021, the volume of export of goods from the Dnipropetrovsk region increased by 9.6% ($2.08 million), which was 4.5% of the volume of Ukraine to Croatia. Among the goods that are in demand among Croats are products made of ferrous metals, furniture, parts of railway locomotives, etc.

Export operations were carried out by 17 enterprises from the Dnipropetrovsk region.

The main exporting companies are enterprises of the metallurgical complex and the processing industry.

TOP-5 exporting enterprises (ranking by volume of export products):

The import of goods from Croatia to the Dnipropetrovsk region amounted to $11.53 million (17.1% of Ukraine’s imports from Croatia) and increased by 14.3% compared to 2020. Dnipropetrovsk region bought the most essential oils, medicines, machines, equipment, various food products and other things.

Import operations were carried out by 22 importer enterprises.

TOP-5 enterprises of importers (ranking by volume of imported products):