US to help Ukraine repair power grid

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to use the money to procure backup power for Kyiv’s water and district-heating systems.

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January 18, 2023 - 4:27 PM

A worker at a power plant, tries to repair damages after a Russian attack in central Ukraine, Jan. 5, 2023. (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.

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 administration Samantha Power, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, announced the funding in a statement Wednesday. USAID says the money comes from the supplemental Ukraine funding approved by Congress last month.

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