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Ukraine receives $1.7 billion in aid to pay health workers

The United States will provide Ukraine with a new $1.7 billion assistance package to help the country pay health care workers and provide other essential services.

Why is this important: Ukraine’s healthcare system has been damaged by Russia’s unprovoked invasion. At the end of May, WHO verified more than 240 attacks on Ukrainian health facilities.

  • Thousands of Ukrainians have died due to lack of access to life-saving treatments for chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

The big picture: The money is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • The direct budget support is intended to ease the hardship of the acute budget deficit caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal war of aggression,” USAID said in a statement. statement.

What they say : “$1.7 billion is not just more financial support; it’s an investment that brings us closer to victory,” Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Liashko said in a statement. PA reported.

  • Liashko added that paying the salaries of health workers was becoming more difficult every month “due to the crushing burden of war”, according to AP.
  • “This aid will help the democratic government of Ukraine provide essential services to the people of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.
  • “The Treasury Department and USAID are working quickly and diligently to ensure that President Biden’s bipartisan assistance program for Ukraine reaches those who need it most on the front lines of brutal war and illegality of Putin,” Yellen added.

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to note that the money is provided by USAID. An earlier version indicated that the World Bank had contributed, but acted as an intermediary.

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