Zelensky: “We need to gather international capabilities to retake 1,000 and rebuild the whole country”
‘Reconstruction meeting’ from the 4th in Switzerland… About 40 countries gathered to discuss recovery directions
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Shin Jae-woo = More than 3,600 cities and towns have been occupied since Russia invaded Ukraine, and more than 2,600 of them are still under Russian control.
Ukraine said most of the occupied territories were in need of reconstruction.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on the night of the 2nd (local time) that Ukrainian forces had recaptured more than 1,000 cities and villages during the war, but 2,610 must be liberated in the future.
Most of the war-shattered areas need reconstruction, he said, with hundreds of them completely destroyed by the Russians.
“Of course, we are beginning to restore normal life in the communities and territories we have liberated in our own strength,” he said. do,” he emphasized.
He added that the ‘Ukraine Reconstruction Conference’ to be held in Lugano, Switzerland for two days from the 4th will be an important step for national reconstruction.
The conference is the first high-level international conference to be held to discuss the reconstruction and restoration of Ukraine, and will be attended by representatives of more than 40 countries and major international organizations, including President Zelensky, who will be attending via video.
This conference was originally held as an annual event under the name of ‘Ukraine Reform Conference’, but it was reorganized into a conference to discuss the overall direction of the reconstruction and restoration plan considering the situation after the Russian invasion.
“We must not only restore everything that the occupying forces have destroyed, but create a new safe, modern, convenient and barrier-free foundation for our lives and our country,” Zelensky said.
In a report published in May, Ukraine said that the direct and indirect damage suffered by Russia in the two months after its invasion on February 24 amounted to between $564 and $600 billion (about 732 to 779 trillion won).
Compared to the GDP of Ukraine in 2020 ($155.6 billion, about 202 trillion won), the damage is four times higher.
The damage to Ukraine is still increasing due to the ‘leveling strategy’ of the Russian army, which destroys the city by pouring indiscriminate bombardment to occupy an area.
The level of destruction of major infrastructure such as roads, houses, factories, airports and railroads is serious, with roads damaged by bombardment by Russian troops in the first two months of the war reaching at least 23,800 km in length.
Analysts say that such infrastructure destruction has the potential to hinder the reconstruction of Ukraine even after the war is over.
Some in the international community are claiming to hand over the dollar assets deposited by the Russian Central Bank to foreign banks for reconstruction, but the US has legal problems and concerns that the ‘negotiating card’ in the future armistice negotiations may disappear. is known to oppose.
The seven major countries (G7) have agreed to provide US$29.5 billion (about 38 trillion won) of support to Ukraine this year so that it can continue basic government operations.
At a summit meeting at the end of last month, the G7 held a videoconference with President Zelensky and agreed to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support until Ukraine needed it, and to ensure safety after the war.
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