US to provide Ukraine with $53 million in power grid equipment
Power cuts continue in Ukraine after Russian attacks on critical infrastructure (Photo:REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko)
The United States will allocate $53 million to provide Ukraine with “critical electricity grid equipment,” helping Kyiv to deal with Russian attacks on the country’s power grid, U.S. State Department said in a message on its website on Nov. 29.
According to the message, the equipment “will be rapidly delivered” to Ukraine “on an emergency basis,” enabling Ukrainians to endure the coming winter.
The package will include distribution transformers, circuit breakers, surge arresters, and other equipment.
“This new assistance is in addition to $55 million in emergency energy sector support for generators and other equipment to help restore emergency power and heat to local municipalities impacted by Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s power system,” the message said.
“We will continue to identify additional support with allies and partners, and we are also helping to devise long-term solutions for grid restoration and repair, along with our assistance for Ukraine’s effort to advance the energy transition and build an energy system decoupled from Russian energy.”
On Nov. 23, Ukraine suffered the first major blackout after Russia launched 67 cruise missiles at various power generation and distribution facilities across the country. According to the Ukrainian military, 51 missiles were intercepted by Ukraine’s air defenses.
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