US Aid Helps Ukraine Emerge from Winter at War


USAID has provided Ukraine with $400 million in winter-related assistance to help Ukrainians access heat, hot water, electricity, healthcare, and basic supplies during winter.

This winter, Putin sought to destroy Ukraine's energy infrastructure in an attempt to break the will of the Ukrainian people, but Ukrainians stood strong and the United States stood alongside them. Through USAID, the U.S. government provided $400 million in winter-related assistance, including energy repair equipment, power generators, support for heating points, and humanitarian supplies, with more assistance on the way. As Ukraine emerges from winter, this assistance helped provide the people of Ukraine with access to heat, hot water, electricity, healthcare, and basic supplies during the height of winter as they continue to defend themselves against Putin's brutal aggression.

Highlights of USAID Winter Assistance to Ukraine include:

  • More than 2,600 power generators delivered to more than 150 communities across Ukraine to support schools, hospitals, and critical infrastructure. USAID has delivered more than 200 of these generators to liberated communities in the Kherson region alone.

  • More than 70 kilometers of steel heating pipes to repair and strengthen heating networks, including those damaged in Russia's attacks. USAID has also delivered 60 excavators to 48 cities across Ukraine to repair and strengthen heating networks. In total, USAID-provided energy repair equipment is helping ensure heat and hot water for up to seven million Ukrainians.

  • A 28 MW mobile power plant, which is large enough to power more than 100,000 Ukrainian homes at any given time. The plant can be operated in different cities or regions across the country, depending on need, strengthening Ukraine's energy security amid Russia's continuing strikes against critical infrastructure.

  • More than 360 heating tents to provide temporary shelter to Ukrainians when heat and power is knocked out by Russia's strikes.
  • Nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance. This includes:

    • Cash assistance to help internally displaced people and others affected by the war meet basic needs and pay for essentials such as food, rent, and utilities.

    • Support for 170 displaced persons shelters across Ukraine to renovate their facilities to make them safe for internally displaced persons and other residents, ensure heat and water supplies, and provide basic supplies like bedding and cooking equipment.

    • Thermal blankets and winter clothing for heating points and shelters for displaced persons across Ukraine, including in hard-hit communities in Kherson, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions.

Additionally, over the winter, USAID's AGRI-Ukraine initiative provided Ukrainian farmers with storage bags and facilities to enable them to store 1.5 million metric tons of grain. This allows Ukraine to continue processing and exporting grain to feed the world.

Since the start of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, USAID has remained committed to helping Ukraine win the war against the Kremlin's aggression and, ultimately, win the peace by emerging strong and capable of continuing to advance as a sovereign, independent, democratic, and prosperous society, free to choose its own future.

To help meet Ukraine's wartime needs and lay the foundation for a successful recovery, the United States government is providing economic assistance, including $22.9 billion in direct budget support through USAID and the World Bank's PEACE mechanism, helping the Government of Ukraine fund basic public services like healthcare, education, and emergency response; $1.9 billion in humanitarian assistance to save lives and meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people; and more than $870 million in development assistance to bolster Ukraine's energy grid, governance institutions, agriculture, small businesses, and civil society in wartime, while also remaining focused on what will be needed for recovery and reconstruction. Continued U.S. assistance has helped rally other international donors, including the European Commission, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom, to provide Ukraine with needed economic, humanitarian, energy, and other assistance.

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