Status: 05.07.2022 03:56
The Ukrainian president called for the immediate reconstruction of his country. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, the economy paralyzed. And winter isn’t far off either.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the reconstruction of the country without waiting for the end of the Russian war of aggression. Much needs to be done immediately, Zelenskyj stressed in his daily video address Monday night.
In the areas from which the Russian troops were driven out, tens of thousands of houses were destroyed. It is also necessary to prepare for winter now, including with a view to energy supply.
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The economy is at a standstill
The first major conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine is currently being held in Lugano, Switzerland. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal estimated there on Monday that at least 750 billion dollars (nearly 720 billion euros) would be needed for this.
Large parts of the economy have been crippled by Russian fighting and attacks, Zelenskyj said in his speech. Thousands of businesses are shut down. At the same time, it is not just about erecting walls that have been destroyed: “Ukraine must become the freest, most modern and safest country in Europe.
Zelenskyj only briefly commented on the course of the fighting in the east of the country, where Ukrainian troops had to abandon the town of Lysychansk at the weekend. Russian troops thus largely brought the Luhansk region under their control – which was described as a target of their so-called special operation, as the war is officially called in Russia.
The Ukrainian armed forces were inflicting casualties on the Russian army every day, Zelenskyy said. “We have to break them.” Even if it will take time and “superhuman effort”, there is no alternative to secure Ukraine’s future.
Selenskyj wants to start reconstruction as soon as possible
Stephan Laack, ARD Moscow, July 5, 2022 05:36