USAID is considering additional prompt assistance to Ukraine for the heating season

Oleksiy Chernyshov, Chairman of the Board of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, met with Erin Elizabeth McKee, Assistant Administrator of the USAID Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. The parties discussed the consequences of the Russian Federation's missile attacks on Ukrainian civilian energy infrastructure and Ukraine's critical needs for the 2022-2023 heating season.

Naftogaz CEO stressed the need for Ukraine to receive additional gas volumes:

As a result of non-stop shelling of Ukrainian infrastructure by Russia, more than 300 energy facilities and about 450 kilometers of gas pipes were damaged. In addition, Ukraine was forced to use additional volumes of coal and gas to generate electricity. These factors have led to the current urgent need in increasing the volume of our gas storage facilities and we ask the United States, our reliable partner, to help with this issue."

Oleksiy Chernyshov and Erin McKee also discussed Ukraine's needs for prompt assistance in the form of equipment and materials. These include methanol, gas compressors, diesel generators and gas production equipment. Ms. McKee assured that the Agency is working on the Naftogaz request with regard to relevant needs.

Naftogaz is an important partner for USAID. Our team is working in cooperation with the company to provide essentials for Ukrainians - electricity, heat and water. We are focusing all our efforts on helping Ukraine," McKee said.

Mr. Chernyshov said he is pleased to continue cooperation with USAID in his new role as Chairman of the Board in Naftogaz. He noted that his immediate priorities are to restore the trust of Naftogaz's foreign partners and Eurobond holders, reform the company's corporate governance, and appoint a new Supervisory Board in a transparent way.

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