Volodymyr Zelensky’s Pledge: Ukraine to Rebuild After Putin’s Devastation, London Recovery Summit Approaches
In anticipation of the London recovery summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a resolute vow on Thursday to rebuild everything that Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has destroyed.
Zelensky emphasized the meticulous planning undertaken by his government for the upcoming Ukraine Recovery Conference in the British capital. In an address delivered overnight, he highlighted the event’s significance, which will bring together political and business efforts to restore the country and ensure a normal life for its people.
The President firmly stated that Ukraine’s principle is clear and equitable: no remnants of destruction will be left behind. The nation is committed to reconstructing and restoring everything that has been lost. Zelensky expressed confidence in the strategic steps that need to be taken, the timeframes involved, and the necessary resources to overcome Russian aggression and rebuild Ukraine.
Zelensky emphasized the broader implications of removing the ruins, asserting that when the aggressor’s destruction is eliminated, the idea of aggression itself is defeated. He affirmed his government’s daily preparations for the London conference, involving comprehensive meetings across various levels of state institutions. They aim to ensure the preparation of international agreements aligned with the Ukrainian vision, which remains meaningful and purposeful.
During Putin’s war, numerous towns, villages, and cities in eastern Ukraine, including Mariupol and Bakhmut, suffered severe destruction due to Russian missile, drone, and artillery strikes, resulting in the loss of thousands of civilian lives. Attacks extended to Kyiv, other western cities like Lviv, and critical civilian infrastructure such as power plants and water networks.
The Ukraine Recovery Conference, scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday, seeks to garner international support for Ukraine’s economic and social stabilization and its recovery from the consequences of war. This includes emergency assistance to address immediate needs and financing private sector involvement in reconstruction.
In a recent incident, Russian missiles struck two non-military industrial facilities in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, causing significant destruction and injuring one individual. Additionally, a drone attack was reported in Odesa. However, Odesa authorities successfully downed all 18 Russian drones that approached the region through their air defenses. Meanwhile, Russia-controlled Crimea claimed to have downed nine Ukrainian drones in a separate drone attack.