WASHINGTON, 24 january (Reuters) – The G7 and other partner countries on Tuesday of Ukraine promised to continue their support to the energy sector, including the delivery of equipment and other humanitarian aid during the winter season, US Department of State said after the meeting of foreign ministers of the group.
The department said after the virtual meeting that USA Secretary of State Antony Blinken and countries at a meeting co-hosted by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi of Ukraine promised to continue coordinating efforts to “modernize and decarbonize the energy grid.”
Foreign ministers to Russia of Ukraine reiterated their call to end attacks on power and heating systems, the State Department said in a statement.
“This winter, the group will deliver equipment and humanitarian aid, purchase critical infrastructure, and modernize and decarbonize Ukraine’s energy grid and Europe committed to continue close coordination to support its long-term vision of integration with the system.
After Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in February of last year, tens of thousands of people were killed and millions of people were displaced from their homes.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denis Shmykhal said Tuesday that his country continues to work with partners to speed up repairs to restore generation and distribution facilities, decentralize the power system and implement new energy efficiency programs.
He added that the situation in the energy sector remains difficult but under control after Russia’s month-long campaign of drones and missile strikes on critical infrastructure damaged about 40% of the energy system.
December and january Despite the unsettled hot weather during the months of 2016, electricity is being cut off in a planned manner due to energy shortages in all regions of Ukraine. Grid operator Ukrenergo said this week that energy production is increasing.
Reporting by Kanishka singh and Susan Heavey; Edited by Chris Reese and Emelia Sithole-Matarise
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