Ukraine needs ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild, says Scholz

BERLIN – Ukraine needs massive financial help to rebuild after the devastation wrought by Russia’s invasion, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday, saying the reconstruction would be a “task for generations”.
Citing the US initiative to help western Europe rebuild after World War II, Scholz said he had invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to participate in the G7 summit starting this Sunday, to “agree on what such a ‘Marshall Plan for Ukraine’ would look like”.
During his visit to the war-scarred Ukrainian town of Irpin last week, Scholz said he had seen a level of devastation that “reminded me of images of Germany after the Second World War”. “And like war-destroyed Europe then, Ukraine needs a Marshall Plan for its reconstruction,” he said, ahead of back-to-back summits gathering EU, G7 and NATO leaders in the coming days.

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