State Dept. to Provide $125 Million for Ukraine’s ‘Urgent Energy Systems Needs’


Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky. (Getty Images)

( – Amid continued Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid, the U.S. State Department announced in a Jan. 18 press release that it will be providing $125 million to support Ukraine’s “urgent energy system needs.” These latest funds have been made available through the recently passed “Division M” of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill.

“Russia has systematically targeted the energy grid in order to leave millions without power, water, or heat,” reads the Jan. 18 press release.                            

This installment of $125 million in funding “will be used to acquire essential industrial equipment to maintain water supply and heating systems in and around Kyiv,” said the State Department.     

(Getty Images)

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These funds have been made available to the State Department through the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023,” which is “Division M” of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill passed in the final weeks of the 117th Congress to fund the government through fiscal year 2023.

This installment comes on top of an earlier provision of $53 million in energy assistance in late November to help Ukraine “persevere through the winter.”

As Russia’s Feb. 22, 2022 invasion of Ukraine nears its one-year anniversary, Western leaders have expressed determination to continue funding Ukraine’s efforts until Russian forces are expelled from the country. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stated, “we will support Ukraine as long as needed: one year, two years, five years, 10 years, 15 years.”

In 2022, Finland spent around $300 million euros on assistance to Ukraine.

The Davos attendants’ words of affirmation for the continued armament of the Ukrainian military drew a response from Deputy Chair of Russia’s Security Council and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who tweeted the following invocation of a potential nuclear conflict if Russia were to lose the ongoing war:

“Backward political good-timers in Davos reiterated: ‘To achieve peace, Russia must lose.’ None of them gets it that a nuclear power’s loss of a conventional war can lead to a nuclear one. Nuclear powers haven’t been defeated in major conflicts crucial for their destiny.”                                 

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