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Rebuilding Ukraine will cost $600B, says Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal

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UPI News
 2022-04-22
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April 22 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal called on members of the International Monetary Fund for financial assistance, stating it will cost $600 billion dollars to rebuild the war-torn country following Russia's invasion.

The prime minister made the appeal Thursday during a ministerial meeting held by the IMF and the World Back in Washington, D.C., as the Russia's war nears entering its third month.

Since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, more than 2,340 civilians have been killed with another 5 million forced to flee. The war has also laid destruction to the nation's buildings, and the estimate Shmyhal gave Thursday is an increase of almost $50 billion from the figure he gave mid-March.

Shmyhal detailed during the bank's spring meeting about "Russia's plans to destroy Ukraine and the Ukrainian economy" and that in the short term Kyiv will require an estimated $4 billion to $5 billion a month over the next six months to survive.

"Blocked ports, strikes on factories, attempts to disrupt sowing, destroyed cities. It's all part of that plane," he said in a statement about his remarks made during the meeting.

The World Bank forecast earlier this month that Ukraine's economy could contract by 45% this year with a worse case scenario seeing its gross domestic product shrink by 75%.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva had discussed post-war reconstruction efforts, and Shmyhal said Thursday that he urges members of the Washington-based lender to donated 10% of their special drawing rights to Ukraine as an answer to the economic crisis.

SPDs are an international reserve asset that the IMF created to supplement the reserves of its member nations, and if the nations allot Kyiv 10% of their stakes in the reserve, it would give the country access to billions of dollars that Shmyhal said they can use to "continue to fulfill our social obligations, maintain business, restore critical infrastructure."

The IMF in March approved the disbursement of $1.4 billion for Ukraine through its Rapid Financing Instrument.

On Thursday, Georgieva agreed with Shmyhal's estimate that Ukraine will need $5 billion a month over the next three months just to keep its economy functioning.

"So, more external financing is necessary -- especially concessional funding and fast-disbursing grants," she said during her opening marks at the roundtable.

"We must hope and pray for peace to come quickly -- when it comes we pursue the opportunities it will bring to rebuild a strong and prosperous Ukraine," she said. "For now, our support to Ukraine must allow the country to continue to function and face the challenges created by the war."

Scenes from the rubble: Russian forces attack Ukraine capital, Kyiv

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Hink
04-22

What’s wrong with this picture? You go into a country and blow it to smithereens and then expect someone else to rebuild it. Saint Happening

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from NC
04-22

Yeah, better call Soros! The US taxpayers are pretty much tapped out on giving BILLIONS to them in fighting this so-called war! We should make a rule, if you destroy it, during the war, and you claim victory, you should have to rebuild it! That way you know going in, what you have to do!🤨

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Brian Karr
04-22

And what do you want to bet that Biden givens them several billion if not more!! But forget about all the issues and problems in the country he is supposedly governing.

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