In response to President Volodymyr Zelensky's appeals, Ukraine's western allies pledged an additional one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in emergency winter aid on Tuesday.
Kyiv: In response to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeals, Ukraine’s western allies pledged an additional one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in emergency winter aid on Tuesday. This aid will help the nation fend off Russia’s assault on its energy grid.
According to French President Emmanuel Macron, some 70 nations and international organisations met in Paris to help Ukrainians “get through this winter.”
In a video message, Zelensky stated that Ukraine’s devastated energy sector urgently needed assistance worth about 800 million euros.
Zelensky said through a video link to the conference, “Of course it is a very large amount, but the cost is less than the expense of a potential blackout.”
Ukraine requires additional gas, high-capacity generators, and replacement parts for repairs, along with increased electricity imports, Zelensky said.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said around 40 to 50 percent of the country’s grid has not been functioning because of Russia’s incessant attack.
Several areas of Ukraine get power for a few hours a day.
1.5 million people in southern Odessa have to spend the weekend without power due to a Russian drone attack.
Russia wants to keep us in darkness, but it failed in its mission because of timely help from our friends across the world, Shmygal told delegates.