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Quadcopter, batteries and generator: Igor Kononenko continues to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Quadcopter, batteries and generator: Igor Kononenko continues to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Businessman and People’s Deputy of Ukraine of the 8th convocation Igor Konenko presented the Autel EVO 2 drone to the soldiers of the Special Operations Forces, as well as a generator, battery and tires for the soldiers of the 58th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Volunteer Timur Kobzar posted a video on his Facebook page in which the fighters thanked him for the drone and expressed hope that it would "bring more than one separatist to Kobzon’s concert".

Commenting the video, Timur himself noted that a new drone was needed, since the fighters lost the previous Autel EVO 2 during one of the special operations.

"This is a real combat unit, and the guys were upset, and I realized that finding a considerable amount of money for a new drone is unrealistic".

In a comment to "Big Kyiv", Timur Kobzar said that it was not the first drone that Igor Kononenko bought for the front.

"We raise money for smaller needs on our own", Timur says, "and when the guys were left without a drone, I just got Covid-19 and realized that in a few days I would not be able to deal with work issues, so I turned to Igor Kononenko personally, explained the situation, and he said: "You get well, and we will organize a drone for the guys!"

For the first time I turned to him a year and a half ago in a similar situation, and he did not refuse. Now from time to time, when some substantial help is needed, when it is difficult for volunteers to raise funds, he helps".

Timur explains that the drones at the front "live" from several weeks to a year. They are indispensable assistants, they are passed from rotation to rotation. And it was the Autel EVO 2 model that demonstrated itself very well in war conditions.

This is one of the best civilian drones, electronic warfare has little effect on it, since the enemy tries to destroy drones not only with weapons, using electronic devices it changes the landing coordinates, and the drone lands on enemy territory or somewhere in neutral zone.

"The new drone is even better than the previous one", Timur says. – It’s a new model. The guys named it "Minibayraktar". 

Serhiy Varakin posted another post with photos of the purchased equipment on his Facebook page.

"Igor Kononenko, thank you for the opportunity and, most importantly, the desire to help us. Thank you for believing in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and what we are doing. Help is very much needed", wrote Varakin.

You can join the military aid by following the link: https://vuf-td.space/dopomoga-vijskovim/

This is not the first tranche of material and technical assistance from a businessman to the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This year Igor Kononenko Charitable Foundation, which he runs together with his wife Liliya, sent (donations were made through the All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation "Terytoriya Dobra", which helps children and the military in the east of Ukraine) has allocated almost a quarter of a million hryvnias to purchase army sights for a sniper unit of one of the units that defend Ukraine in the east of the country.

Also the Foundation donated 248 000 hryvnias to help the sniper unit of the motorized infantry troops of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This money is intended for new optics for two sniper systems.

During 2021, Igor Kononenko Charitable Foundation sent:

  • UAH 51,5 thousand for the purchase of Autel EVO 2 Pro Rugged Bundle quadrocopter and a battery for it for special forces as part of the Special Operations Forces (in February);
  • UAH 97,7 thousand for three car batteries, two sets of summer tires, a TV set for connecting CCTV cameras, three laptops for the motorized infantry forces of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in March); 
  • UAH 62,5 thousand for tires, a panoramic camera, ramrods, foam for cleaning barrels for the mechanized infantry forces of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in July). 

Igor Kononenko Charitable Foundation is not only engaged in helping the military. During 2020, UAH 5,720,077 was allocated for social needs – the purchase of pulse oximeters, ventilators, oxygen concentrators and other modern medical equipment.



Date and place of birth: August 21, 1965, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Marital status: married to Liliya Kononenko in 1988; they have three children and one grandson.

Higher education. In 1989 he graduated with honors from the Kiev Automobile and Road Institute and received the qualification of a traffic engineer.

Career and business

1984–1986 – Igor Kononenko served in the army.

1988–1990 – worked as the secretary of the Komsomol committee of Kyiv Automobile and Highway Institute.

1990–1991 – Deputy Director of the structural unit of the city headquarters of the student group.

1991–1992 – Commercial Director of MP "Transport".

1992–1994 – Commercial Director of JSC Stock Exchange House "Ukraine".

1994–2005 – Deputy, First Deputy General Director, First Vice-President of Ukrainian Industrial and Investment Concern.

2004–2009 – Head of the Supervisory Board of OJSC "Kyiv Auto- Transport Enterprise – 2240".

2009–2012 – First Deputy, General Director of Ukrainian Industrial and Investment Concern.

Since 2012 – Head of the Supervisory Board of PJSC "Closed Non- diversified Corporate Investment Fund "VIK".

Igor Kononenko is a shareholder of PJSC "Closed Non- diversified Corporate Investment Fund "VIK".

The fund owns 7 companies in the areas of construction, hotel business, trade and sports.

Companies whose shares are owned by PJSC "Closed Non-diversified Corporate Investment Fund "VIK":

  • "Sports and Health Complex "MONITOR"
  • "Saturn-Trans"
  • "Yantra"
  • "International Tennis Academy"
  • "Medservice-Plus"
  • "Japan Motors"
  • JSC "International Investment Bank"
  • Private company "Treck Holdings Coast S.L." (Spain)
  • Private company "Lancashire Big S.L." (Spain)

Political activity:

In 2006 Igor Kononenko became a deputy of Kyiv City Council of the V convocation.

In 2008, in early elections to Kyiv City Council of the VI convocation, Kononenko became a deputy head of the Committee of Kyiv City Council on Transport and Communications.

2010–2014 – head of the parliamentary faction "Initiative" of Kyiv City Council of the VI convocation.

2014 – member of Kyiv City Council from UDAR (member of the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications).

27.11. In 2014, he was elected MP with the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BPP).

From November 27, 2014 till August 29, 2019, he was the MP. He was a member of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. Member of the Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the People’s Republic of China, Member of the Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the Republic of Austria.

Since September 16, 2015 – the first deputy head of the parliamentary faction "Bloc of Petro Poroshenko" (BPP).

In the local elections in 2015 Igor Kononenko headed the election headquarters of BPP "Solidarity". According to the results of the elections, BPP "Solidarity" took the first place. The party was supported by the largest number of voters – 19,52%.

Igor Kononenko was a member of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. He was involved in the preparation of legislative initiatives, work with the expert community and the public.

Kononenko’s work was aimed at improving the legislation of Ukraine in the energy sector, organizing cooperation with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Central Executive Authorities, enterprises and organizations of various forms of ownership, and the expert community.

As a member of the Committee, Igor Kononenko was involved in the implementation of the European integration policy in the energy sector, which is aimed at implementing the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one hand, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their member states, on the other; as well as the Protocol on the Accession of Ukraine to the agreement on the establishment of the Energy Community. 

Kononenko worked on the legislation regarding the energy security of Ukraine, which is one of the most important components of economic and, accordingly, national security of Ukraine.

As a result of Committee’s work, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted key laws, such as: 

"On the natural gas market",

 "On the electricity market",

"On the National Commission for State Regulation in the Spheres of Energy and Utilities",

"On the Energy Efficiency Fund",

"On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine regarding the provision of competitive conditions for the production of electrical energy from alternative energy sources". This is, in particular, the production of solar and wind energy.

Systematization and a comprehensive approach to the creation and improvement of the legislative field for regulating relations in the fuel and energy complex contributed to the reform of enterprises and institutions of the fuel and energy complex, the development of a competitive environment in the energy sector.

In addition, Igor Kononenko took an active part in the development and implementation of large infrastructure projects and the development of local self-government.

Igor Kononenko was involved in the reform of decentralization.

The state policy of Ukraine in the field of local self-government is based on the interests of residents of territorial communities and provides the decentralization of power – the transfer of a significant part of resources, authority and responsibility from the executive authorities to local self-government bodies. This policy is based on the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government and the best world standards of public relations in this area.

Kononenko is the initiator of legislative initiatives:

615-VIII on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Housing and Communal Services" regarding the proper social and economic protection of participants in the anti-terrorist operation and their families (on the fair appointment and provision of subsidies); 

834-VIII. This law defines the legal, economic, organizational principles of the state registration of all rights that must be registered under this Law, and their encumbrances; and aims to ensure that the state recognizes and protects these rights and to create conditions for the functioning of the real estate market.

Kononenko is also the initiator of a number of legislative initiatives aimed to reform the road industry:

1762-VIII "On the sources of financing for the road sector of Ukraine" regarding the improvement of the mechanism for financing the road industry;

1763-VIII on Amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine regarding the improvement of the mechanism for financing the road industry;

2304-VIII on Amendments to several legislative acts of Ukraine in the field of highways construction and operation.

These laws determine the specific features of the construction and operation of public highways of national importance under concession; have an impact on ensuring the rights and interests of the concessionaire (investor). Create transparent conditions in the field of road construction.

Sports and patronage

Kononenko’s International Tennis Academy (ITA) provides free services to children with disabilities, athletes in the age category 85+, separately provides children’s packages, there are both preferential and group categories. ITA successfully cooperates with schools, providing free services to children who study in these schools.

In addition to the Academy in Pushcha-Vodytsa, MTA Arena was built in Zhulyany, another sports school was bought, and now it is the ITA Club with five clay tennis courts.

Together with his wife Liliya Kononenko, he is the head of CO "Charitable Fund of Igor Kononenko".

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