US to help Ukraine repair power grid after Russian strikes


FILE - A worker at a power plant, tries to repair damages after a Russian attack in central Ukraine, Jan. 5, 2023. The Biden administration will provide $125 million for parts and other supplies to help repair crews in Ukraine keep up with Russian strikes pounding the country’s electrical system. U.S. international development aid chief Samantha Power announced the funding in a statement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is providing $125 million for electrical parts and other supplies to help repair crews in Ukraine keep up with Russian strikes pounding the country’s electrical system, the U.S. international development aid chief said Wednesday, January 18.

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to use the money to procure backup power for Kyiv’s water and district-heating systems. The funding also will help replenish supplies of gas turbines, transformers and other vital power equipment.

USAID administrator Samantha Power, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, announced the funding in a meeting with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska and others. USAID said in a statement that the money comes from the supplemental Ukraine funding approved by Congress last month.

Russian forces since October have intensified strikes on Ukraine’s electrical grid and other critical infrastructure, repeatedly plunging Ukrainians into darkness and winter cold. Utility workers and others are scrambling during what have been nearly weekly barrages on infrastructure to restore electricity and heating.

Past USAID energy assistance since Russia invaded Ukraine in February included delivery of 1,415 generators to keep the heat and lights on at schools, hospitals and other sites across Ukraine. USAID also has invested $55 million in Ukraine’s heating infrastructure.

A delegation from Ukraine is planning to attend DISTRIBUTECH International in San Diego, California February 7-9, 2023 and a will provide a Special Briefing: Update on Ukraine’s Electric Grid in the Renewables and Energy Storage Knowledge Hub (Booth 1101) on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:15.

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