UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, June 11 — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide Kharkiv with €25 million to prepare for the 2024-2025 heating season, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said in Berlin during the Ukraine Recovery Conference.

Kharkiv needs $9.5 billion to rebuild after Russian shelling, said the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, on Ukrainian TV on April 30. According to him, Ukraine will not be able to find these funds on its own and needs the support of Western partners, in particular the United States.

Terekhov said that the agreement was signed on June 10, at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We signed an agreement to receive €25 million from the EBRD for the city. The money will be used to purchase energy equipment for the decentralization of the heating system,’ Terekhov said.

He added that the city expects to receive the first tranche of €15 million in July 2024. Terekhov said that the list and specifications of the equipment for reconstruction are already approved.

Russian attack on Kharkiv in March 2024 destroyed power and heating infrastructure supplying the city and Kharkiv Oblast. Due to the damage caused by Russian missile strikes, power plants are unable to generate enough electricity to cover all consumer needs.

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