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Donate to Ukraine’s defenders
Donate to Ukraine’s defenders. They’re fighting for peace not only in Ukraine, but in all of Europe. Stand on the side of justice and freedom.
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The main venue for collecting charitable donations.
The initiative of the President of Ukraine
The President of Ukraine announced the creation of a transparent platform for donations to Ukraine during the war with Russia.
You can choose one of the categories to donate to:
- Defence and demining
- Medical aid
- Rebuilt Ukraine
Available options for financial transfer: credit card, bank transfer, PayPal.
Deloitte in Ukraine, which is part of the international Deloitte network, will audit the reporting of ministries and ensure the platform’s transparency.
Lifeboat for Ukraine. On the night of June 6, the Russian military blew up the Kakhovka HPP dam, causing massive flooding. Thousands of people and dozens of settlements are still at risk. You can donate funds to purchase gear and equipment for rescue operations in the region: lifeboats, portable water filtration stations, motor pumps, and more.
Private Ukrainian charitable foundations
1. Come back alive
Launched in 2014, Come Back Alive became the most prominent organization providing support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fund’s mission is limited to supplying technology, trainings, and accouterments to help save lives of Ukrainians and help our warriors defend Ukraine.
2. Serhii Prytula Charitable Foundation
Serhii Prytula has been helping the Ukrainian Army as a private volunteer since Russia occupied Crimea and Donbas in 2014. His foundation procures equipment, supplies, medical supplies, and vehicles for the military. Another area of work is humanitarian aid.
3. The Hospitallers Battalion
The Hospitallers Battalion is a voluntary organization of paramedics founded at the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine in 2014. Donations for the battalion are spent on medicines and medical supplies for wounded Ukrainian defenders.
4. Razom Emergency response
This project provides urgent help and support in the face of an extreme or unforeseen situation in Ukraine. Razom initiative delivers tactical medicine items, hospital supplies, tech-enabled emergency, and humanitarian aid.
5. Nova Ukraine
Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and raising awareness about Ukraine in the United States as well as in the rest of the world. Through donations, they fund a variety of efforts to help the people of Ukraine and to strengthen Ukraine’s democratic society.
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Support real people suffering from the war: families, children, refugees, medics.
Official state hotline numbers for providing humanitarian aid:
Calls from abroad or Ukraine: +380 44 237 00 02
Humanitarian aid account of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine
(food, shelter, medicine, clothes and other help for refugees):
Find the bank transfer details for your appropriate currency here.
UNICEF Fund for supporting Ukrainian children:
Find the official details here.
Ministry of Health + Red Cross fund for assisting doctors:
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Ministry of Health Crypto Wallets for assisting doctors:
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Host Ukrainian refugees
Families, children, and refugees are seeking safe places of shelter around the world. You can save lives by providing a place to stay.
- Find groups and global services that can help host refugees in your area/country (NGOs, local communities, etc).
- If none exist in your area and you feel you can help – create your own Facebook groups and/or local initiatives!
- Reach out to local authorities and inquire about organizing official refugee programs.
- Contact your Ukranian friends and find out if they are heading to the borders and need help.
Become a medical volunteer
Every day more and more families and children need medical assistance due to Russian aggression. Soldiers need emergency medical aid. Ukrainian medics sorely need assistance both on the front lines and in the rear.
If you have medical experience – you can save lives!
Fill out the form here.
Full details from the Ministry of Health here.
Cover the news and write about Ukraine
If you are a journalist, you can help Ukraine by spreading the truth and providing media coverage. Help secure peace and save lives!
Contact for media requests/questions:
Oleg Nikolenko, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, email@example.comа
Here you can find a media kit with the official message box from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (updated daily).
KEY MESSAGES ON RUSSIA’S WAR AGAINST UKRAINE
as of 26 April 2023 (427th day of war)
1. WAR SITUATION
- Russia failed to reach its strategic objectives of occupying entire Ukraine, destroying Ukraine’s statehood and erasing Ukrainian identity. The pro-Ukrainian coalition in the world remains strong and consolidated. On 18 April, the G7 foreign ministers reaffirmed their commitment to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. This commitment was also confirmed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Kyiv on 20 April, as well as by participants of the International Summit of Cities and Regions held in Kyiv on 19-20 April;
- Despite ever-growing losses (188,410 in killed as of 26 April), Russia retains its maximalist goals and hopes to turn the tide in the protracted war of attrition, counting on mass mobilization, war fatigue and nuclear blackmailing;
- Ukrainian defenders liberated nearly half of the area occupied by Russian troops since the start of full-scale military invasion. This process will continue until the complete de-occupation of our sovereign territory within the internationally recognized borders;
- Russia wastes thousands of its troops as cannon fodder, but the only place in which it is still trying to advance is Bakhmut, in which Russian invaders use “scorched earth” tactics. Preparations are ongoing for Ukraine’s new counteroffensives, the direction and time of which will be determined by the military command in a due time;
- Continuation of timely military and technical assistance from our partners is needed to end the war by Ukraine’s victory in 2023. Of particular importance is modern combat aviation necessary for conducting successful counteroffensives. During the 11th “Ramstein” meeting on 21 April, the main emphasis was placed on strengthening the ground-based air defense system of Ukraine (additional missiles and ammunition for Patriot batteries, NASAMS, and IRIS-T) and the “tank coalition” (maintenance center for Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine will be created in Poland, and 250 Ukrainian soldiers will begin training on Abrams M1A1 SA tanks);
- In revenge for its military losses on the ground, Russia continues terrorizing Ukrainian civilians by attacking critical infrastructure and residential areas resulting in significant casualties and destruction. According to expert estimates, since the start of full-scale invasion, Russia has fired ~4,750 missiles at Ukraine worth 16 bln USD. The mass missile attacks resulted in emergency blackouts, infrastructure damage and civilian casualties;
- The number and scale of Russian missile strikes is decreasing, indicating the depletion of Russia’s stocks of high-precision missiles. Still, Russia continues bombarding Ukrainian cities and villages with S-300 missiles, MLRS, and guided aerial bombs. These attacks leave dead and injured civilians, destroyed and damaged residential buildings, educational institutions, hospitals, churches and other civilian objects;
- Russian invaders have stepped up airstrikes on Ukraine with Iranian Shahed drones after receiving a new batch: on 19 April, 21 out of 26 Iranian drones were shot down; on 21 April, 8 out of 12. Iran, along with Russia, bears responsibility for the terror directed against Ukrainians. On 18 April, G7 foreign ministers stated that Iran should stop supporting the Russian military in its war of aggression, in particular, to cease transferring armed UAVs, which have been used in Ukraine. On 25 April, the Government of Ukraine decided to submit to the National Security and Defence Council proposals of sectoral sanctions against Iran;
- Lukashenko’s regime in Belarus remains Kremlin’s proxy in its war against Ukraine: the territory of Belarus is used for training and logistic purposes. On 26 March, Kremlin announced the plans to station tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus, expanding its role as a launchpad and source of military threat for Ukraine and Europe.
2. PEACE FORMULA AND SECURITY GUARANTEES FOR UKRAINE
- As we continue observing different so-called peace initiatives aimed at reaching peace without demanding restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine, we must focus our efforts on implementation of the 10-point Peace Formula by President Zelenskyy, which will bring a comprehensive, just and lasting peace to Ukraine and security to the whole world;
- Formula’s main goal is to deprive Russia of its tools to commit the crime of aggression against Ukraine, to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and to guarantee security and justice for the entire international community. The Peace Formula remains the only realistic and comprehensive plan to achieve this goal;
- We are grateful to those UN Member States, which supported the UN GA Resolution «UN Charter principles underlying a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine» adopted on 23 February. It will contribute to the joint efforts on implementation of the Peace Formula and bringing the war to the just end;
- Support for the Peace Formula was confirmed by the G7 (on 24 February during the G7+Ukraine summit and on 18 April during the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting) and EU (in the Joint Statement following the 24th Ukraine-EU Summit and by the European Council on 23 March), as well as demonstrated and expressed in the Joint Declarations of President of Ukraine with the Heads of Governments of Italy, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Slovenia and Estonia, as well as in the Joint Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Defense of Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine;
- Ukraine signed an application for accelerated accession to NATO: we hope that the Alliance will either determine the timetable for Ukraine’s accession directly at the upcoming summit in Vilnius, or take commitment to present it by the end of 2023. On 10 April, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to NATO Member States to support Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance;
- Today, there are no objective obstacles that would prevent the adoption of political decisions regarding the invitation of Ukraine to the NATO. Until these decisions are made, Ukraine suggests implementing our proposals on the security guarantees (“Kyiv Security Compact”) aimed at mobilizing necessary political, financial, military and diplomatic resources for Ukraine’s self-defense. We expect that a package of security guarantees will be adopted at the NATO summit in Vilnius.
3. NUCLEAR SECURITY
- Russia continues its nuclear blackmailing. After having suspended its participation in New START Treaty, Russia announced its intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. We call on the world community to take a firm stand and resolutely resist the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail. On 18 April, G7 foreign ministers reaffirmed that Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric is unacceptable;
- We welcome the US decision to impose sanctions against Rosatom’s structures as well as the creation of an alliance between the UK, the US, Canada, Japan and France aimed at ousting Russia from the international nuclear energy market;
- Cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear technologies, including the purchase of Russian nuclear fuel, must be stopped, and Russia’s rights and privileges in the IAEA suspended, to prevent a precedent for other nuclear terrorists. Russia cannot be a part of the global nuclear deterrence system in the future;
- Russia holds the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant hostage, violating all principles of nuclear and radiation safety. Presence of Russian terrorists on the territory of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe poses a direct threat to the nuclear safety of all mankind. Russia demonstrates its complete disregard for the demands of the international community that call upon it to immediately withdraw its military and other personnel from the ZNPP. Without this withdrawal, any initiatives to restore nuclear security will be doomed to failure;
- Ukraine is doing everything possible to ensure that the operation of the ZNPP is safe. We continue to supply electricity to the ZNPP from the Ukrainian power system, which allows powering the safety systems of the nuclear facility.
4. FOOD SECURITY
- Even during the full-scale war launched by Russia, Ukraine remains one of the world’s top 5 agricultural exporters, being one of the guarantors of the world’s food security (Ukraine has exported ~59 mln tons of agricultural products);
- Due to Ukraine’s principled position, the Black Sea Grain Initiative (BSGI) was extended after its expiry on 18 March for 120 days. Ukraine continues to export its agricultural products through three deep-sea ports. BSGI’s coverage should be expanded to Ukrainian ports in the Mykolaiv region;
- Since 1 August 2022, 28 mln tons of Ukrainian food were exported by sea. This volume could be significantly higher if it was not Russia’s policy of delaying the inspection of vessels. Since 10 April, Russia switched to the direct sabotage of inspections, making unilateral demands on the change of plans for Ukrainian ports. Ukraine categorically rejects Russia’s demands and opposes interference in the activities of Ukrainian ports. On 22-23 April, G7 agriculture ministers emphasized the importance of President Zelenskyy’s “Grain from Ukraine” Initiative and BSGI, and strongly condemned Russia’s attempts to use food as a means of destabilization and as a tool of geopolitical pressure;
- More than 30 countries and international organizations, including the EU countries, the USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Korea and Qatar, joined the “Grain from Ukraine” humanitarian program launched by President Zelenskyy. The program has already raised >200 mln USD in donations and sent 170,000 tons of wheat to Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Kenya. We call on countries around the world to join it.
5. ENERGY SECURITY
- Starting from 10 October 2022 and over the next 6 months, Russia carried out 33 massive missile attacks on energy infrastructure facilities, with about 270 hits recorded. As a result, 24 generation facilities (thermal power plants, combined heat and power plants, hydroelectric and pumped storage plants), about half of the transmission system substations, and trunk power grids were affected. Those attacks caused losses of >11 bln USD, according to the assessment by the UNDP and the World Bank. According to the Report of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine of 15 March, these attacks may amount to crimes against humanity;
- Russia’s missile terrorist campaign against Ukraine’s energy system has failed. We appreciate all the assistance provided by countries around the globe to support restoration of Ukraine’s energy grid severely damaged by this campaign. Currently, there is no capacity deficit in Ukraine’s power system, and Ukraine is now even able to export some amount of electricity. However, Russia’s attacks do not stop and repairing the damaged equipment will take months ahead, meaning that power cuts can still be experienced in some regions;
- More than 10 gigawatts of energy production remain unavailable as a result of Russia’s occupation of the respective Ukrainian territories (including 6 gigawatts at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant);
- Ukraine started preparing energy sector for the next winter. On 12 April, the Government of Ukraine concluded an agreement with the World Bank on the allocation of 200 mln USD for the restoration of the power grid and heat supply systems. Ukraine also received assurances from the USA regarding the allocation of 800 mln USD for the energy sector.
6. RELEASE OF ALL PRISONERS AND DEPORTED PERSONS
- Ukraine has freed 2,238 people from Russian captivity. On 16 April, 130 prisoners of war returned to Ukraine. Still, Russia holds thousands of Ukrainian prisoners of war and civilians in terrible conditions. We continue working on the return of all of them from Russian captivity and call for an all-for-all prisoner exchange with Russia, as well as for the release of all adults and children deported to Russia;
- Russia fails to implement its obligation under international humanitarian law by severely restricting the ICRC mandate to visit Ukrainian prisoners of war and captured civilians;
- In its Report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine stated a widespread pattern of torture and inhuman treatment committed by the Russian side against the detained persons in Ukraine, with tortures being particularly severe against current or former members of Ukrainian military and associated persons, and their relatives;
- Russian occupation authorities continue systemic deportation and forced transfers of Ukrainian citizens to Russia and within Russia-occupied parts of Ukraine, as well as forced adoption of Ukrainian children, which represents a deliberate ethnic cleansing campaign in violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;
- 19,393 cases of forced transfers of Ukrainian children, including under the pretext of psychiatric and medical rehabilitation, have been recorded. 4,396 Ukrainian children with a special status (orphans and children deprived of parental care) remain in the temporarily occupied territories and in Russia.
7. TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
- The only comprehensive and lasting solution to bring an end to Russia’s war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine is to liberate them;
- In the areas of Ukraine seized in 2022, Russia reproduces the same patterns it has been using in Crimea and parts of Donbas since 2014: appoints occupation administration, imposes Russian passports and legislation. Political integration is ensured by civil servants and bureaucrats sent from Russia to replace Ukrainian citizens opposing occupation;
- To ensure economic integration of the temporarily occupied territories, occupation administration imposes Russian ruble, opens branches of Russian banks, demands local business to re-register and pay taxes under Russian laws, issues Russian-model car license plates and driver’s licenses. Economic infrastructure including sea ports is used to serve the interests of Russian occupying authorities;
- Russian occupiers introduce education in Russian and according to the Russian standards, as well as enact measures aimed at undermining and erasing Ukrainian cultural identity and militarizing Ukrainian children through the installation of military-patriotic educational programs and camps;
- Russia terminated Ukrainian TV and radio broadcasting, replaced Ukrainian mobile operators, Internet and fixed telephony services by those controlled by Russia, and brought propagandists from Russia to establish control over the information sphere;
- Russia uses religious institutions to consolidate control of the temporarily occupied areas where only churches linked to the Kremlin are allowed to function. According to expert estimates, 26 religious buildings were closed or forcibly transferred to the Kremlin-controlled Russian Orthodox Church, 29 clerics or religious leaders were killed or captured, and 13 religious buildings were looted, desecrated or intentionally destroyed;
- In violation of the norms of international humanitarian law, Russia as the occupying power conducts the forced conscription of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied parts of Ukraine. The mobilization campaign in Crimea targets specifically Crimean Tatars, indigenous people of Crimea non-loyal towards the occupying administration;
- The Russian occupation administration in Crimea began allocating land plots to Russian military personnel who participated in the war of aggression against Ukraine. These decisions are null and void: after liberation of Crimea they will be canceled, like all other decisions taken by the Russian occupiers;
- Russian occupiers transferred at least 2,500 Ukrainians from the places of imprisonment in the temporarily occupied territories to the territory of Russia. There are currently attempts to mobilize them into illegal military groups, in particular, into the “Wagner” PMC.
8. RESTORATION OF JUSTICE
- On 17 March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a life-long arrest warrant against President Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova for alleged war crimes of unlawful deportation of children from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. The ICC’s historic decision marks a turning point in the process of bringing to justice all those guilty of crimes committed in Ukraine, starting with the top leader of the terrorist state;
- Ukrainian law enforcement agencies registered damage or destruction of 98,039 civilian infrastructure facilities, including 76,733 residential buildings and houses, 2,469 educational and 537 medical institutions, 409 cultural and 127 religious buildings, and 4,565 water and electricity networks. These numbers do not include the temporarily occupied areas, in which the real level of destruction is much higher;
- Russian occupiers damaged 1,373 sites of cultural heritage and cultural infrastructure in Ukraine, >550 of them including >60 museums and galleries, were destroyed. We welcome UNESCO’s decision to inscribe the Historic Centre of Odesa on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of the war unleashed by Russia. We are preparing application for the same status for historical center of the city of Chernihiv;
- A number of national parliaments and international bodies recognized Russia as a terrorist state or a state sponsor of terrorism: Parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czechia, Netherlands and Slovakia, as well as the PACE, the NATO PA and the European Parliament. The US Senate made similar call on the Secretary of State. We call on other international bodies and national authorities to join this recognition, further isolate Russia, and cut political and other ties with it;
- Ukrainian law enforcement agencies launched an investigation into 82,763 war crimes and crimes of aggression committed since 24 February. They include the killing of 10,136 (including 470 children) and the wounding of 13,756 civilians (including 949 children). These figures do not take into account the temporarily occupied areas. We must restore justice in memory of all those whose lives were taken by Russia and its terror;
- We urge every state to consider joining a Special Tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine to bring Russian military and political leadership to account. It will fill the jurisdictional gap of the ICC. Six PACE resolutions, five EP resolutions, as well as resolutions of the NATO PA and OSCE PA, the Parliaments of Lithuania, Estonia, the Netherlands, Czechia, France, Latvia, Slovakia, Moldova, and Poland were adopted in support of its establishment. Currently, Ukraine is working within the UN on the text of the Resolution on the creation of a Special Tribunal. We call to join the Core Group on establishment of the Special Tribunal, which currently includes 34 countries (Costa Rica has joined it);
- Ukraine has brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) an interstate application “Ukraine v. Russia (X)” no. 11055/22 in relation to massive and systematic human rights violations committed by Russia since 24 February 2022 in the course of the military intervention. 26 states and 1 NGO joined this interstate case as third parties;
- Russia has no right to shape further the international agenda. It was ousted from >25 international organizations and other formats of multilateral cooperation and failed to be elected to >44 of its bodies, including the positions of chairs and vice-chairs;
- As expected, Russia used its chairmanship in the UN SC in April to disseminate propaganda and fake narratives, undermining authority of this body. It became another clear indication that the reform of the UN, in particular the Security Council, is long overdue. Ukraine has called on the UN member states to resume the application of the UN Charter in the context of the legitimacy of Russia’s presence in the UN, to deprive it of status of the UN SC permanent member and to exclude it from the UN as a whole. We also urge all states and international bodies to continue policy of isolating Russia and apply it to Belarus as well;
- The Russian occupiers keep attacking Ukraine’s sports facilities and killing Ukrainian athletes: 287 Ukrainian athletes and coaches died, and 343 sports facilities totalling to 250 mln USD were destroyed. On 15 April, Ukraine imposed sanctions against 82 Russian athletes, including Olympic champions. There exists not a single reason to reconsider the issue of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to return to the Olympic Games in any capacity, including under a neutral flag. If international sports officials do not adhere to their principles, responsible governments should bar entry to athletes who represent Russian and Belarusian state propaganda machine;
- On 26 February, 2022 Ukraine filed a new case to the International Court of Justice under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. On 16 March 2022, the Court issued an order on Ukraine’s request for the indication of provisional measures, in which it satisfied all, without exception, Ukraine’s requests. Unprecedented number of countries (33) in the history of the ICJ have intervened in the proceedings;
- On 14 April, the seven-member Eurojust-supported Joint Investigation Team on alleged core international crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine agreed to not only investigate alleged war crimes, but also crimes of genocide committed by Russia in Ukraine.
9. COUNTERING ECOCIDE
- The world should not remain silent while Russia is destroying Ukraine’s ecology. We call in particular on the international organizations to keep this issue high on their agendas. On 19 April, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) supported the Resolution on Economic and Social Effects of Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine;
- Environmental damage in Ukraine caused by Russia’s war is estimated at >46 bln USD. More than 2,300 instances of environmental damage caused by the fighting were recorded. Almost 500,000 hectares, including 10 national natural parks, 8 reserves, 2 biosphere reserves, are currently under Russia’s occupation. 104 criminal proceedings were initiated regarding environmental damage caused by the Russian aggressors;
- Ukraine is one of the most mined countries in the world today: ~174,000 square km remain dangerous because of enemy mines and UXO. Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, 17.5% of the mined areas have been surveyed, of which 57,000 hectares are agricultural, and ~560,000 explosive items were found, of which 32% were destroyed. In March alone, 724 people stepped on Russian mines, and 226 of them lost their lives;
- According to the World Bank, the complete set of humanitarian demining works will cost 37,4 bln USD. The needs for the current year alone amount to >397 mln USD. Taking into account the unprecedented scale of the problem, we look forward to the support of international community. On April 22-23, G7 agriculture ministers confirmed their readiness to support the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine, including by sharing experience, knowledge and expertise regarding demining of agricultural land;
- >2,600 deminers are involved in mine clearance in Ukraine. With this level of effort, it will take us >20 years to clear agricultural land alone. We need >100 special mechanical demining vehicles to speed up demining time and ensure maximum safety (a deminer manually clears 15-20 square metres per day, while demining equipment can clear 6 square kilometers).
10. ECONOMIC RECOVERY
- The joint assessment released on 23 March by the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank Group, the European Commission, and the UN, estimates that the cost of reconstruction and recovery in Ukraine has grown to 411 bln USD (covering the one-year period from the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion). In 2023, Ukraine will need 14 bln USD for critical and priority reconstruction and recovery investments;
- As identified by the Government of Ukraine, four key sources of financing should be the following: confiscated Russian funds, direct allocations from Ukrainian state budget, funds of international partners, and donor funds from around the world;
- Ukraine is starting to rebuild now, without waiting for the war to end. Ukraine’s recovery program will be the largest reconstruction project since World War II, providing in particular a new impetus to the European economy. The Government of Ukraine established a State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine. On 20 April, an Agreement on Ukraine’s accession to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EU CPM) was signed in Kyiv;
- Almost 60 countries of the world are helping the settlements of Ukraine in restoring the infrastructure destroyed by the Russian attacks. >300 territorial communities have concluded 1,500 partnership agreements with municipalities of other countries. During the International Summit of Cities and Regions, which took place on 19-20 April in Kyiv on the initiative of President Zelenskyy, a new level of interaction between communities of Ukraine and communities of partner states was opened;
- Among the key tasks of the Government of Ukraine this year is the creation of decent conditions for adaptation, rehabilitation, personal development and well-being of veterans of the Russian-Ukrainian war;
- We appreciate financial assistance provided by our partners to keep Ukraine’s economy afloat. On 1 April, the IMF approved a new four-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) of 15,6 bln USD. Thanks to the IMF and the G7 countries, Ukraine would have access to 115 bln USD in long-term support. International reserves of the National Bank of Ukraine exceeded 32 bln USD and reached a record level since 2010;
- On 5 April, the second meeting of the Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform’s Steering Committee for Ukraine took place. Ukraine, G7 and representatives from international financial institutions discussed coordination of economic support for Ukraine’s financing needs and future economic recovery and reconstruction efforts.
- The sanctions regime should be not only maintained, but also strengthened, in particular in such areas as nuclear energy, IT, diamond sales, maritime logistics, finances etc. The full list can be found in an updated sanctions Action Plan presented by Yermak-McFaul International Expert Group on 25 April;
- Personal sanctions must be introduced on pro-Kremlin propagandists, athletes, journalists, and artists, as well as Russian officials involved into illegal deportation of Ukrainian children. On 13 April, the EU introduced sanctions against Russian news agency “RIA FAN”. President Zelenskyy has put into effect the decision of the NSDC of 22 April on sanctions against 40 individuals and 60 legal entities that help circumventing sanctions against Russia, keep the property of war criminals, and are involved in the destruction of freedom both on the territory of Russia itself and in Ukraine, as well as 322 Russian companies (mostly the Russian defense industry enterprises);
- We expect the sanctions coalition to be expanded further, including through involvement of Asian and Latin American countries;
- On 18 April, the G7 foreign ministers confirmed that they remain committed to intensifying, coordinating and fully enforcing sanctions against Russia, including through the Enforcement Coordination Mechanism, and countering Russia’s and third parties’ attempts to evade and undermine sanctions measures;
- The price cap mechanism for Russian oil proved to be effective: Russian oil and gas revenues dropped in the first quarter of this year. We expect our partners to revise the price cap on Russian seaborne oil downwards (to 45 USD on a barrel of crude oil), as well as monitor any attempts to evade the sanctions;
- Strengthening sanctions is needed to ensure that Russia is not able to manufacture and maintain high-tech weapons, most notably missiles attacking civilians. We need to strengthen control over the sale of dual-use goods to Russia and countries friendly to it;
- On 24 February, the G7 reiterated that any resolution to the war must ensure that Russia pays for the damage it has caused. The members of the REPO Task Force have successfully blocked or frozen more than 58 bln USD worth of sanctioned Russians’ assets. Those assets must become the main source of financing for compensations to Ukraine and its citizens. We call to adopt relevant national legislation that would allow the confiscation of frozen private and sovereign Russian assets, including the assets of the Russian Central Bank;
- Belarus and Iran should be sanctioned for their role in Russian war against Ukraine.
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