Ukraine: Zelensky wants 38 billion to fill the 2023 budget deficit | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Zelensky wants 38 billion to fill 2023 budget deficit | War in Ukraine

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has asked for help from the international community to wipe out the country's deficit.

The President of Ukraine estimates that the international community must put on the table at $38 billion to cover the projected budget shortfall in 2023 due to the Russian invasion.

Volodymyr Zelensky made the request by video on Tuesday to politicians and experts gathered in Berlin for an international conference devoted to the reconstruction of Ukraine.

“It's a very large sum of 38 billion dollars […] it's the salaries of teachers, doctors, it's social benefits, pensions.

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

His Prime Minister, Denys Shmygal, present at the conference, stressed the urgent need for money to help us spend the winter and save people from a humanitarian catastrophe.

The reconstruction of Ukraine is the task of a generation, which must begin now, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged on Tuesday.

Ukraine can count on the support of the international community for decades to repair its infrastructure destroyed by Russian bombardments, explained Scholz, referring to a kind of Marshall plan for the 21st century.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, attending the conference, described the scale of destruction in Ukraine as staggering.

The World Bank estimates the cost of the damage at $345 billion – surely more than any single country or union can provide. We need everyone on deck, she said.

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A soldier of the Ukrainian national guard near Kharkiv.

After eight months of conflict, fighting raged, particularly in Bakhmout, a city in the Donetsk region in the east of Ukraine, which the Russian army is trying to conquer.

At least seven civilians were killed and three others injured on Monday in this city, the regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko on Telegram.

In southern Ukraine, pro-Russian authorities in the city of Melitopol, controlled by Moscow forces, announced that a car bomb had exploded near local media offices, injuring five people.

In the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, as kyiv forces advanced, evacuations of civilians continued on Tuesday, authorities said prorussians.

Repairs are carried out on the railway tracks and overhead cables of the railway line to Belgorod.

As of October 24, 22,367 residents of the Kherson region were taken to the left bank of the Dnipro, said the pro-Russian occupation administration, which said it expected the departure of around 50,000 people from this area in the coming months. total in the near future.

Since October 10, kyiv has been, for the first time in months, bombarded by Iranian-made Russian missiles and kamikaze drones which mainly targeted energy infrastructure there and left a dozen dead. This has led the national operator Ukrenergo to impose restrictions on energy consumption in all regions of the country.

kyiv is preparing a dirty bomb, Moscow keeps repeating before the UN Security Council. Russian authorities also say they doubt that inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency can prove that is not the case.

We believe this is a very serious danger, a serious threat, said Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN.

“Ukraine has the capabilities and Ukraine has the motives to do so, because [Volodymyr] Zelensky's regime wants to avoid defeat and wants to involve NATO in a direct confrontation with Russia .

— Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN

Paris, London and Washington together lambasted false statements from Moscow on Monday. No one would be fooled by an attempt to use the allegation as a pretext for escalation, they stressed in a joint statement.

US President Joe Biden , added on Tuesday by warning that a Russian nuclear attack would be an immensely serious mistake if Russia used a tactical nuclear weapon.

The Pentagon also issued a warning to Moscow .

If Russia used nuclear weapons or a “dirty bomb”, there would be consequences, said Pentagon spokesman the General Pat Ryder.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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