In the EU thinking on the allocation of 50 million euros for the restoration of Donbass

Injured in the shelling of Mariposa apartment house

The EU may allocate 50 million euros to restore the infrastructure of Donbass, in particular, Mariupol, and also on a humanitarian mission. This was announced by EU Commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy Johannes Hahn during a visit to the South-East of Ukraine on June 1-2, according to the website of the Verkhovna Rada.

He stressed that Mariupol has a great potential of development, for example, in the spheres of industrial production, agricultural and tourist industries.

Accompanying Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko added that due to the European investment Bank (EIB), the authorities are already beginning reconstruction work in five areas: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia.

“With the support of the EU projects in the following areas: heat supply, water supply and sanitation, energy efficiency of buildings, exterior lighting of settlements, waste management, transport infrastructure and housing construction”, — said Zubko.

It is noted that in recent years the European Commission has provided Ukraine with about 400 million euros for the implementation of humanitarian projects in the Donbass region, of which 1.3 million for Mariupol.

The armed conflict in the Donbass broke out in April 2014, after Kiev’s attempts to suppress it by force performances in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions caused by the change of power in the country. The Ukrainian authorities have accused Moscow of aggression and the conduct of hostilities in the Donbass. Russia consistently denies these allegations, stressing that units of the armed forces there.