US Sends $13 Million in Energy Equipment to Ukraine in Response to Russian Attacks
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The United States has sent its first package of energy equipment worth $13 million to Ukraine in an effort to bolster the country's energy infrastructure, which has been the target of repeated attacks from Russia. Two more aid shipments are expected to be sent by the end of the week, bringing the total amount of aid to $53 million.
Since October, Russian attacks have focused on destroying Ukraine's electricity and heating supply network. The latest attacks left millions of Ukrainians without electricity and heating in sub-zero temperatures. "Russia is deliberately trying to freeze Ukrainians to death as we enter winter," said a senior U.S.
official. "Our strategy right now is to help Ukraine protect itself against these deliberate attacks on civilian energy infrastructure because it could be a humanitarian catastrophe."
U.S. and Western allies provide Ukraine with energy resilience funding.
Blackouts have become frequent in Ukraine, and the government has urged citizens to conserve energy by reducing the use of domestic appliances.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to divide the Western coalition and force it to abandon Ukraine by freezing and starving Ukrainians and driving up energy costs globally.
Blinken added that this strategy would not work. In response to the situation, the Ukrainian government has called on its citizens to save energy and has implemented measures to reduce energy consumption. The government has also been working on diversifying its energy sources, with plans to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce reliance on Russian gas.
The United States, along with other Western countries, has condemned Russia's actions in Ukraine and has imposed sanctions in response. However, the situation remains volatile, and it is unclear how the conflict will ultimately be resolved.
In the meantime, the United States and its allies will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine in an effort to help the country defend itself against further attacks.