Belgium commits over $9 million to restore Ukraine's energy grid

Belgium will allocate 9 million euros for the energy infrastructure of Ukraine
Belgium will allocate 9 million euros for the energy infrastructure of Ukraine

Belgium will provide additional aid to Ukraine worth EUR 9 million ($9.7 million) for repairing the damaged energy infrastructure, Belgian Development Cooperation Minister, Caroline Gennez said to the Belgian newspaper La Libre reported on May 10.

The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has established a system enabling the rapid procurement of replacement parts and the delivery of new equipment for repairing damaged or destroyed infrastructure.

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"Ukraine's energy infrastructure is old and overly centralized, making it highly vulnerable," she said, noting that the UNDP emphasizes sustainable and decentralized energy sources.

"Along with military aid, this support will help build the resilience of Ukraine," Gennez said.

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Russia earlier reportedly launched over 50 missiles and 20 drones at energy infrastructure in Lviv, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts. This marked the fifth mass missile and drone strike on energy targets since March 22.

The Trypilska Thermal Power Station in Kyiv Oblast was destroyed by Russians on April 11.

Energy facilities nationwide were targeted in several Russian missile and drone attacks.

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Preliminary estimates suggest that the latest Russian attacks on the Ukrainian energy system caused losses of at least 90-100 million euros - and that only includes the company's high-voltage equipment, said Ukrenergo head, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, on March 24.

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