On March 24, the president announced the U.S. would provide $1 billion to help victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine. This is a recognition of continued global need. Food insecurity is rising as Russia continues its aggressive tactics.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will be providing an additional $24 million in life-saving food assistance to approximately 1.2 million Ukrainian households in need. Food supplements will include staple foods such as grains, pulses, oilseeds, sugar, salt, dairy products, wheat flour, vegetable oil, and canned fish. These food supplements will replace existing programs currently working to serve these families.
“Since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, the United States has given over $688 million in humanitarian aid to respond to the needs — including food, safe drinking water, and shelter — of people in Ukraine and refugees who have fled to neighboring states. In addition, U.S. Government agencies have been providing technical expertise and funding to help Ukraine protect its critical infrastructure from Russian-backed separatist forces which have attacked the power grid and other vital services since 2014.”
Russia is waging a brutal war, taking advantage of the situation by attacking the country’s infrastructure, including electricity grids, water supplies, and transportation lines. She is also using these attacks as an excuse to continue invading parts of the country. The Norwegian Government is increasing its aid to help the people living in occupied territories. It wants to prevent the famine from spreading further.
Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is causing widespread human suffering and destroying vital infrastructure. Over six million people are currently displaced inside the country, and over five million have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries. These figures are rising every day.
The Government has decided to give away the rest of the money to Moldova. This includes funding for schools, roads, and hospitals. Norwegian aid workers will make sure that the money goes where needed the most. No more help for Russia!