Ukraine to get $1.7bn in new aid to pay healthcare workers | Russia-Ukraine war News

The US has despatched some $7.3bn in support to Ukraine since its invasion by Russia started in late February.

Ukraine is getting an extra $1.7bn in help from america authorities and the World Financial institution to pay the salaries of its beleaguered healthcare staff and supply different important providers.

The cash coming Tuesday from the US Treasury Division, the World Financial institution and the US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) is supposed to alleviate the acute funds deficit attributable to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal warfare of aggression”, USAID stated in a press release.

Whereas many medical staffers have left Ukraine, some hospitals have shut down and different hospitals have been bombed. The well being staff who stay in Ukraine do their jobs below dire circumstances.

Viktor Liashko, Ukraine’s minister of well being, stated paying well being staff’ salaries is changing into tougher every month “as a result of overwhelming burden of warfare”.

“$1.7 billion isn’t just yet one more monetary assist; it’s an funding that makes us a step nearer to victory,” Liashko stated in a press release.

To this point, USAID has given $4bn in budgetary assist to the Ukrainian authorities. These funds have been used for maintaining gasoline and electrical energy flowing to hospitals and colleges, getting humanitarian provides to residents and paying the salaries of civil servants and academics, the organisation stated.

USAID Administrator Samantha Energy stated that as Putin’s “assault on Ukraine’s public providers continues, the US is dashing in with monetary assist to assist the federal government preserve the lights on, present important providers to harmless residents and pay the healthcare staff who’re offering life-saving assist on the entrance strains.”

Final week, the administration of US President Joe Biden stated it’ll ship one other $400m in navy tools to Ukraine, the fifteenth package deal of navy weapons and tools transferred to Ukraine from US Division of Protection shares since final August.

This new set of funds might be used for humanitarian functions.

“This support will assist Ukraine’s democratic authorities present important providers for the folks of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated in a written assertion.

Yellen stated the cash would “attain those that want it most on the entrance strains of Putin’s brutal and unlawful warfare.”

General, the US has despatched about $7.3bn in support to Ukraine because the warfare started in late February.