Berlin, July 4 (CNA) Taiwan has donated US$150,000 to Budapest to help displaced Ukrainian refugees who have fled to the city, the Taipei Representative Office in Budapest, Hungary said Monday.
Taiwan's representative to Hungary Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) presented the donation on behalf of Taiwan's government.
At the donation ceremony, Liu said Taiwan has already donated over US$20 million to Ukraine and its neighbors since Russia invaded the country in February.
With Taiwan sympathetic to the threat Ukraine currently faces, the country has decided to extend its support to the Hungarian capital Budapest as it is one of the locations currently housing displaced Ukrainian refugees.
During his speech at the ceremony, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony thanked Taiwan and its people for their act of kindness.
Karácsony promised to use the donation to help improve the quality of legal consultations available as well as food and housing centers for refugees.
Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Michelle Lin (林楚茵), who heads the Taiwan-Hungary Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association at the Legislature, was also present at the ceremony along with other Taiwan officials.
Lin told Karácsony that she was grateful for the mayor's official support of Taiwan at the World Health Assembly and invited him to visit Taiwan, to which the mayor said he looks forward to the trip.
According to statistics provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 650,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Hungary since Russia invaded.
Although most continue on to western or southern Europe, statistics indicate 100,000 to 140,000 refugees have remained in Hungary, with most seeking shelter in Budapest.