Yamaha announce $700,000 in humanitarian aid for Ukraine

The money from Yamaha will be donated through the non-profit organisation Japan Platform.

Yamaha building.

YAMAHA has announced yesterday (16 March 2022) that it will be donating $700,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

In a press release, Yamaha said, “Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd announced its decision today (16 March 2022) to donate 700,000 U.S dollars toward humanitarian aid for Ukraine and its surrounding regions.”

The statement from Yamaha continued, “This donation will be made through Japan Platform, a non-profit organisation, and the funds will be used explicitly for delivering humanitarian aid to those in need.”

Yamaha’s statement concluded, “Yamaha Motor expresses its deepest sympathies to all the victims affected by the crisis and hopes for a return to peace as quickly as possible.”

Since Russia launched its full scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, it is estimated that as many as three million people have fled Ukraine, according to the UN. 

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights also reports, as of 15 March, at least 726 civilians have been confirmed to be killed in the conflict, according to Statista. This number is an under-report, most likely. Estimates are that in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol up to 20,000 may have been killed in the Russian bombardment.

The announcement from Yamaha comes after it was reported that Russian forces had attacked a theatre which Ukraine says was sheltering more than 1,000 civilians.

Additionally, today (17 March 2022), it was announced by the EU that exports of motorcycles valued at more than 5,000€ will be banned.

Recently, Honda had also announced its own humanitarian aid for Ukraine after boycotting Russia itself, a move which Harley-Davidson had made a few days before.