The US makes $225 million available for the Lviv-Mostyska line
The United States is officially funding the dual-gauged Lviv-Mostyska railway line that is meant to link the Ukrainian railway with the TEN-T network via the North Sea-Baltic Corridor. The funding will amount to 225 million US dollars and will be made available via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
USAID commented that the central target of this investment is not only to integrate Ukraine into the European railway network but also to boost the export of agricultural products and humanitarian corridors. USAID said the investment could increase grain export capacity by 2,5 million metric tons per year and increase exports by up to 425 million US dollars.
Ukrainian Railways communicated USAID’s intention to fund the Lviv-Mostyska line development a few days ago without disclosing any details. In the meantime, the two parties signed an MoU that made the joint initiative more concrete.
It should be noted that it is not the first time the USAID has been involved in Ukrainian affairs during the war. The US agency has already assisted Kiyv with almost 22 billion euros in aid, while particularly for Ukrainian Railways, it has assisted with around 2,7 million US dollars by supplying 105 diesel generators that kept key sections of the railway network running at a time when Ukraine’s power grid was under constant attacks.