the ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskysaid on Tuesday at a conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine that the Russian rockets and Iranian-made drones they have destroyed more than a third of their country’s energy sector.
“Russia it is destroying everything to make it harder for us to get through the winter,” Zelensky said in a video conference, attended by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, and other senior politicians and officials. .
As he reviewed, Russia has attacked railways, hospitals, companies and infrastructure in generalalso to shake the foundations of the “economic potential” of the country.
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Zelensky also claimed that Ukraine had not yet received “a single penny” from a recovery plan fast for a total value of 17,000 million dollars.
In that sense, he called for greater coordination in the international financial effort for the reconstruction of his country during the war and after the conflict, and that frozen Russian assets be used to support that objective.
“We need a platform for financial coordination,” said the Ukrainian president, who alluded to the need for countries that want to support the reconstruction of their country to advance in what he called “the consolidation of financial efforts.”
Zelensky intervened remotely from his country at the beginning in Berlin of the Conference of Experts for the Reconstruction of Ukrainefocused on the mobilization of international aid to that country after the Russian aggression.
The event began this Tuesday in Berlin with opening speeches by its sponsors, the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Zelensky alluded to the frozen russian assets in several countries they must be used to pay the reparations that the country needs for the destruction caused by the Russian invasion.
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In addition, he mentioned as one of the elements of urgent aid that his country needs coverage of its budget deficit, which he estimated at 38,000 million dollars, in order to face the payment of salaries, pensions and ordinary operating expenses of the structures of the Ukrainian state.
Zelensky referred to the most recent attacks against basic Ukrainian infrastructure that have increased the difficulties in the supply of energy and water, and assured that it is based on a clear strategy on the part of Moscow.
The Berlin meeting is jointly organized by the EC and the G7, the group of seven powers of which Germany holds the rotating presidency, and is also attended by the director general of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.
On behalf of Ukraine, its Prime Minister, Denys Schmyhal, and the Minister of Finance, Serheii Marchenko, will attend, while among the international leaders attending the conference is the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
The one-day conference has a hybrid format, with the virtual intervention of the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the G20, the group of industrial powers and emerging countries, in which he continues integrated Russia.
(With information from Reuters and EFE)
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