Washington DC, 13 July 2022 (TDI): The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the US Treasury, has provided an additional $1.7 billion to Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy received the additional financial support as part of President Biden’s pledge to give Ukraine direct fiscal aid. The generous and political cooperation of Congress made this assistance possible.

In addition, the additional funding from the US to Ukraine is provided through the World Bank. The financial aid will help to reduce the severe budget deficit brought on by Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine.

It will also help to ensure that the Ukrainian government can continue to operate and respond to urgent needs.

These include the provision of basic services such as health insurance by paying for the cost of healthcare workers.

USAID assistance to Ukraine

USAID has provided the Ukrainian government with direct financial help for a total of $4 billion to date.

With the aid of these resources, the Ukrainian government has been able to continue performing its important functions.

Some of the core duties which need to be fulfilled are maintaining the supply of gas and electricity to hospitals, schools, and other vital infrastructure.

The US, through USAID, has also supported the distribution of humanitarian aid to the population affected by the Russian invasion. The organization continues to pay the salaries of professors, teachers, and civil servants.

Furthermore, USAID has been working closely with the humanitarian partners of Ukraine since the Russian full invasion of the region on February 24, 2022. It provides full support to humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.

In spite of this, the need for an increase in vital development and economic assistance is critical. This is to respond to cyberattacks and combat propaganda.

The assistance will also curb human rights abuses and threats to the energy and agricultural sectors.

Aid for small businesses, documenting human rights abuses, and for basic medical needs is also critical. There is a need to guarantee the continued operation of regional and national governments.

Therefore, the United States, through USAID, is committed to helping the government of Ukraine and its people.