US gives Ukraine backup generators for nuclear power plants as winter looms
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The United States has provided three generators to provide backup power to Ukrainian nuclear power plants in the event of emergency power outages, Ukraine’s state energy operator Energoatom said in a statement.

"The US department of energy is making another contribution to the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants by providing Energoatom with three diesel generators in response to Russia's aggression," US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm was quoted as saying.

Petro Kotin, the president of Energoatom, thanked the US government, stressing that three 2.2 MW diesel generators, which will be delivered to Ukrainian nuclear power plants in August, are very important for the company.

"This equipment will be essential for our nuclear power plants in the event of a power outage," Mr Kotin said.

The backup generators can also be used at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after its de-occupation.

Ukraine's energy minister German Galushchenko also thanked the US for its support.

"With the help of our partners, we are preparing for the winter, which will be difficult. So this support is very important for all Ukrainians who will be waiting for the light in their homes," he was quoted as saying.

Earlier, Mr Galushchenko advised that businesses provide themselves with an autonomous power supply in case of emergencies in the power grid.