He promised to help Ukraine during his visit to kyiv in early April and has not broken his word. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced extraordinary financial aid for Ukraine, which will serve, among other things, to create an international platform for the reconstruction of the country.
“We propose for Ukraine a complementary aid, in addition to the important short-term aid provided so far. This will be a new exceptional macro-financial assistance with a value of up to €9 billion by 2022. Because, of course, we have to think about the future and broader reconstruction efforts. And in this, the European Union has a responsibility. And the EU has a strategic interest in leading this reconstruction effort,” von der Leyen said on Wednesday, adding that the EU “should not be the only contributor” to this effort.
The International Monetary Fund calculates that the country needs 5 billion euros per month in the next three months and the US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, warned yesterday at a forum in Brussels that the financial commitments announced so far by the community are not they are not enough even for short-term needs, so he asked allies for more contribution.
The reconstruction of Ukraine, he said, will be a task similar to that undertaken in Europe after the end of World War II in 1945, financed thanks to the US Marshall Plan.