Intl. conference to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from Russian invasion

International delegates will meet to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from the extensive damage caused by the Russian invasion.

The Ukraine Recovery Conference, the first gathering of its kind, will open Monday in Lugano, southern Switzerland. It will be organized jointly by the Ukrainian and Swiss governments.

The Swiss government said the two-day conference will bring together government delegations from around 40 countries, including Japan, the United States and European countries. EU-related delegates, World Bank officials and other representatives of international organizations will also be present.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the online conference on Monday. He will likely call for cooperation and assistance with recovery efforts.

Ukraine is due to present its stimulus package for the first time, with other governments due to announce their support packages on Tuesday.

Ukraine’s government said last month that damage to the country’s infrastructure from the invasion had reached around $104 billion.

Ukraine is believed to be seeking long-term international aid as recovery initiatives require massive funds.

Analysts say Kyiv will also try to use the conference to remind Moscow that Ukraine and Western countries are increasingly united on stimulus efforts.

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