Ukraine’s richest man vows to rebuild metropolis of Mariupol
Ukraine’s richest man has pledged to assist rebuild the besieged metropolis of Mariupol.
Rinat Akhmetov, who owns Ukraine’s largest steelmaker, Metinvest, stated he was certain the nation’s “courageous troopers” would defend the southern metropolis.
He stated: “Mariupol is a world tragedy and a world instance of heroism. For me, Mariupol has been and can at all times be a Ukrainian metropolis.
“I imagine that our courageous troopers will defend the town, although I perceive how tough and laborious it’s for them.”
Mr Akhmetov addedd: “I talked to individuals within the streets, I met with staff. My ambition is to return to a Ukrainian Mariupol and implement our (new manufacturing) plans in order that Mariupol-produced metal can compete in international markets as earlier than.”
Based on Forbes journal, Mr Akhmetov’s internet value in 2013 reached $15.4 billion and it at the moment stands at $3.9 billion.
“For us, the battle broke out in 2014. We misplaced all of our belongings each in Crimea and within the briefly occupied territory of Donbas. We misplaced our companies, but it surely made us more durable and stronger,” he added.
“I’m assured that, because the nation’s largest non-public enterprise, SCM will play a key position within the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
“We will certainly want an unprecedented worldwide reconstruction programme, a Marshall Plan for Ukraine.
“I belief that all of us will rebuild a free, European, democratic, and profitable Ukraine after our victory on this battle.”