Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Kyiv, 30 August 2022

Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko held a working meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain to Ukraine Melinda Simmons.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko told the Ambassador about the online platform, which contains up-to-date data on every object in Ukraine damaged by the Russian invasion.

He emphasized that it is extremely important to rebuild social infrastructure and housing before the start of the winter period. According to him, the Fast Recovery Plan provides for the restoration of schools, kindergartens, utility networks, as well as private houses of citizens, so that they can return home as soon as possible.

According to the Deputy Head of the President’s Office, the largest number of facilities in need of reconstruction are in the de-occupied territories of the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions.

“We divided the regions into four types: the first – occupied territories, the second – de-occupied territories, where there are the most problematic objects now, the third – territories affected by missile strikes and so on,” he said.

As Kyrylo Tymoshenko noted, Ukrainians are already returning home, and the first thing they need is housing with an undamaged roof, windows and necessary utilities.

Therefore, as he said, in parallel with the Fast Recovery Plan, a project for the construction of five-story buildings in six regions of Ukraine has been developed for people who lost their homes as a result of the Russian invasion. A square meter of such housing will cost about 700-800 US dollars.

The Deputy Head of the President’s Office noted that, according to the data of sociological studies, about 70-80% of Ukrainians are ready to return home even despite the threat of missile strikes, if they have a place to live and in the absence of ground advance of enemy troops.

He also emphasized that the reconstruction of at least part of the social infrastructure facilities in one or another community will encourage people to return, as they will see that restoration work is being carried out.

For her part, Melinda Simmons noted the importance of restoring educational institutions and providing them with shelters equipped with everything necessary.

The Ambassador also noted that Great Britain is interested in participating in the reconstruction of the rest of the housing and communal facilities and critical infrastructure of the Kyiv region that were destroyed as a result of the war.

Source – President of Ukraine

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