Kyoto city has been continuing to call for donations for Kyiv so that it can purchase and ship cold-weather supplies to the Ukrainian capital amid Russia's ongoing invasion of the country.
At the end of last year, Kyoto used donations of roughly 4.5 million yen to purchase 500 emergency blankets and 5,000 disposable hand warmers, and sent them to Kyiv.
Still, the city has continued to ask for donations due to a shortage of supplies to combat frigid weather. January is the coldest month in Kyiv, with temperatures sometimes dropping below minus 10 C.
Kyoto is hoping to deliver supplies by the end of January. Kyoto and Kyiv been sister cities since 1971. Kyoto's international exchange and coexistence promotion office said, "We want elderly people who can't go to evacuation centers to stay warm at home."
Kyoto's call for donations earlier this month was extended from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16 after falling short of the amount initially targeted.