The U.S. government and the World Bank have approved another $1.7 billion in aid to the Ukrainian government to support health care workers in the region.
What Happened: The Associated Press reported early on Tuesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that these funds were being provided to curb Vladimir Putin’s “brutal war of aggression.”
According to officials, the $1.7 billion in aid will be used for humanitarian purposes. The money will, in large part, be going towards the salaries of health care workers in Ukraine.
The Situation With Medical Workers in Ukraine: Ukraine’s minister of health, Viktor Liashko, said in a statement that many of the medical workers who have remained in the country had forgone any guarantee of getting paid and many work under dire circumstances.
Liashko also said that securing the salaries of these workers is becoming more and more complex “due to the overwhelming burden of war.”
USAID Official Statment: Samantha Power, the Administrator of USAID, said that as Putin’s “assault on Ukraine’s public services continues, the United States is rushing in with financial support to help the government keep the lights on, provide essential services to innocent citizens and pay the health care workers who are providing lifesaving support on the frontlines.”
President Biden: President Joe Biden announced earlier this week that the U.S. would send an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. This new military aid will be the 15th of its kind from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).