The war continues but reconstruction has already begun. on paper. Based on the first proliferation of slides presented at the Lugano Conference, Italy, together with Poland, would have won a prize Donetsk. This half is already in the hands of the Russians and could soon be completely lost, considering that civilians are already fleeing en masse. The lion’s share will go to the two countries, most of which have committed themselves financially and militarily to the support of Zelensky: Great Britain, which will take care of the capital Kyiv, and the United States, which will take care of the second in the country. The city also yesterday under shelling Kharkiv. Then the Americans and British will bear the greatest responsibility for rebuilding Ukraine’s armed forces and arsenals.
Ukraine and US HIMARS missiles to turn the tide of war
Training on the go
In the UK, among other things, a first group of Ukrainian soldiers is being trained, with the help of elements of the Security Assistance Brigade. The training described by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace includes the use of weapons, first aid in the field, patrol tactics, and lessons on the law of armed conflict. Each course lasts two weeks. In total, the UK government provides $2.3 billion in military aid. Another highly committed country on the political-diplomatic front, Turkey, is grateful to Kharkiv. Again, the Baltic states in Zytomyr, Denmark in Mykolaiv (in Ukrainian hands and on the front line), Greece in Mariupol, the Russians conquered and destroyed. The mayor estimated, yesterday, that the revival of the city’s port on the Sea of Azov will cost more than 14 billion dollars in ten years. As many as 356 apartment buildings were destroyed or damaged, and more than 40 percent of private buildings were bombed. It’s a matter of bringing home 220,000 people.
The question is: will the Ukrainian flag return to fly in Mariupol? Germany will rebuild the city of Sernihiv and Canada Sumy. Sweden and Holland allocate Kherson Province, where Zelensky’s forces are desperately looking for an opportunity to counterattack. So far, of course, this is just a project, and the war will draw the final maps. But in the meantime, it’s clear which countries will be ahead. It is unusual that Italy and Poland, which were first in activity on the political-diplomatic front in favor of Kyiv despite the reliance on Russian energy, and second which were emphasized in relief and aid structures due to the massive influx of refugees, were relegated to honors. The province that Ukraine is about to lose and may never be able to rebuild. As for Lugansk, completely occupied by the Russians with the fall of Lysichansk, it will be under the protection of Finland and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, yesterday described the “correct” idea advocated by Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyal, that frozen Russian assets are “used for the reconstruction of the country”. “We are working to achieve that,” he added.
Shamal estimated the assets of Nabobs Moscow “between $300 and $500 billion”. The eighth mysterious death in the ranks of the Russian oligarch was also yesterday’s news: Yuri Voronov, a senior manager associated with Gazprom, was found dead – shot – in his swimming pool in St. Petersburg.
The total reconstruction plan is currently 750 billion for 850 projects, of which 350 are spent in the first three years on 580 projects, and 400 until 2032 for the rest. In Lugano, for Italy, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Benedetto della Fedova, was present, reiterating “political, military and financial support for Ukraine and its population, its territorial integrity, sovereignty, independence, freedom, resistance and of course reconstruction.”