A summit in London today will draw up plans for the UK to help rebuild Ukraine once the war against its Russian invaders is over.
Representatives from Ukraine and business will join International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan to discuss how UK businesses can help with recovery efforts. Areas to be covered include digital and services, water and sanitation, energy, electricity and transport.
Ms Trevelyan will also sign a memorandum of understanding with Ukraine confirming her support for future reconstruction efforts. It also recognizes a new joint task force, which will help establish partnerships between British and Ukrainian businesses to help rebuild infrastructure in the capital, Kyiv.
Ms Trevelyan said: “We have all seen the heartbreaking images of the destruction of the great city of Kyiv and the thousands of houses, buildings and critical infrastructure across Ukraine that have been destroyed. Throughout this, the great people of Ukraine have shown immeasurable strength and courage, and we stand with them in the hope of a better future.
“This is why it is important to talk about a post-conflict Ukraine, and today we clearly affirm our commitment to help it rebuild in peace. Our world-class infrastructure and energy companies, as well as companies in areas such as transport, health and agriculture, are not only well placed to support the immediate humanitarian response, they are also in a position strength to play a role in the longer-term reconstruction of Ukraine. . Together we can help Ukraine build back better, stronger and greener.
Manuela Gatto, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, said, “Inspired by the nation’s long history and unwavering optimism about its future, our projects in Ukraine enrich the public realm and prioritize the environment. By working with the country’s local talent on its reconstruction, we hope to continue to provide the people of Ukraine with architecture that sets new benchmarks for innovation, resilience and efficiency.
Ukraine suffered significant damage in several of its cities after Vladimir Putin’s army launched its invasion in February. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 4,481 civilians were killed and 5,565 injured.
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