A high-level conference was held in Warsaw on Thursday to discuss donations to Ukraine and how the country is managing funds towards its rebuilding and return to being a major player in European culture, economy and more.
“Millions and millions support us,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told attendees via live video. “But how will this brutal war end is decided not only on the battlefield. The ability to ensure normal lives, and rebuild what was destroyed by Russians,” can only be funded through aid from the West, President Zelenskyy said.
“That is how freedom wins. That is why this conference is so important. We need strong financial resources. We are already preparing a large-scale recovery and rebuilding plan based on the Marshal Plan. This will be an investment in the future of central and eastern Europe. All that was destroyed in Ukraine will be rebuilt. And such investments must be quick and sufficient, meaning that millions displayed by the war will be able to return home.”
Earlier in the day, Mr Zelenskyy unveiled a global initiative, which includes an online platform to raise funds in support of Ukraine.
We launched United24 @U24_gov_ua global initiative.
Its 1st component is an online platform to raise funds in support of 🇺🇦. Other projects & programs will be added soon.
You can make a donation in 1 click from any country.
Together we will win!#united24 #thepoweroffreedom pic.twitter.com/notUt1P3ZF
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 5, 2022
The conference – co-hosted by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson – was attended by various top dignitaries from around Europe and beyond.
“Your presence should you are not indifferent… we will be victorious,” said PM Morawiecki, unveiling the conference. “Poland and Sweden are long time allies. We have worked hand in hand to develop ties within the EU. Never has [this cooperation] been as important as it is today.”
He said that support for Ukraine has many dimensions. “The situation continues to deteriorate. Ukraine needs 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid every day. Less than 20 percent – 3,000 tons – is arriving daily. More is needed. I hope that today’s conference will help us mobilise those funds.”
He also thanked the millions of people who have “opened their hearts and homes” to Ukrainian refugees.
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