US pays Ukraine $1.7 billion for essential services

Jul 12, 2022 9:24 PM STI

Washington [US]Jul 12 (ANI): The United States on Tuesday provided an additional $1.7 billion to the Ukrainian government for the provision of essential services such as healthcare.
Washington, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in coordination with the United States Department of the Treasury, has contributed $1.7 billion as part of President Joe Biden’s commitment to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to provide direct budget support to Ukraine, the USAID press release reads.
This contribution was made possible by the generous bipartisan support of Congress.
The additional resources provided by the United States, through the World Bank, will alleviate the acute budget deficit caused by the Russian offensive.

This will ensure that the Ukrainian government can continue to function and meet critical needs, including the provision of essential services such as healthcare by paying the salaries of healthcare workers, the statement added.
To date, USAID has provided $4 billion in direct budget support to the Ukrainian government.
These resources have helped the Ukrainian government continue to carry out its essential functions – for example, ensuring the delivery of gas and electricity to hospitals, schools and other essential infrastructure, supporting the delivery of humanitarian supplies to citizens and continue to pay the salaries of civil servants and teachers, the statement said.
Since Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, USAID has worked closely with humanitarian partners in the country and region to provide Ukrainians with life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Aid is also accelerating essential development assistance to respond to cyberattacks and threats to the energy sector, combat misinformation, support small businesses and the agricultural sector, document human rights abuses, meet essential health needs and ensure the continued functioning of and national government entities, the statement added. (ANI)

Michelle J. Kelley