Warsaw conference collects 6 billion euros for Ukraine

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Yesterday’s donor conference for Ukraine in Warsaw collected a pledge of 6.1 billion euros for humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of the country. The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, was chairing the conference together with his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, both promoters of the initiative, and the EU leaders, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel.

The meeting was convened at the level of heads of state and government, but with the participation of representatives of companies –Google and AstraZeneca, among them– and financial institutions. France, Finland, the Czech Republic and Croatia were some of the prominent donor countries, in addition to Poland, which, according to Polish diplomatic sources, is in general terms the second world donor in relation to GDP after the United States.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister acknowledges that his country has received 11 billion in weapons

Magdalena Andersson pointed out that the amount collected yesterday exceeded expectations, and Morawiecki pointed out that Ukraine needs more than 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid every day, while only 3,000 reach their destination. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal acknowledged that his country has received more than 11.3 billion euros in weapons.

For Charles Michel, president of the European Council, the donor conference should be the starting point of a “Marshall plan” for Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the meeting by videoconference, saying that he hoped his country would join the European Union and that the funds it will receive will be an investment in security for the entire region, something that Von der Leyen specified in terms of “billions of euros and reforms”.

According to the United Nations, 13 million people in Ukraine need humanitarian aid such as food, medicine and shelter. Poland, the host country of the donor conference, is currently hosting more than three million Ukrainian refugees.

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