Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu met with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the minister of foreign affairs Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv. As the minister reported, Estonia has developed a plan for restoring the infrastructure of the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine — Fast Recovery plan, and is ready to invest in the reconstruction project.
"We have developed a plan to help the region with investments in infrastructure and educational institutions. We will try to make a certain joint vision for the near future, but we are ready to allocate investments, and we are ready to involve other countries to join our activities. The first step has already been taken — we will build a new kindergarten. I think it's a symbolic project that we don't give up, the war continues, but we don't give up," Urmas Reinsalu.
According to minister Reynsalu, some of the projects should be completed before winter, so the state will turn to private investors, philanthropists, state resources, etc., for investments.
"We will also involve our partners and friends to participate in various projects, as certain reconstruction projects must be completed before winter," Urmas Reynsalou in a conversation with Dmytro Kuleba.
The first of 15 objects to be restored by Estonia as part of the Fast Recovery plan — the kindergarten in the town of Ovruch on the border with Belarus. A time capsule was laid in the foundation of it.
"I want to thank you for starting this process. This is the first swallow for us. We are grateful that the work started in your country. Thank you to the government of Estonia and Estonians," Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to the president, Estonia became one of the first countries that helped Ukraine with weapons at the beginning of the war.
Today, August 4, Urmas Reinsalu arrived in the city of Hostomel, destroyed by the Russians. It was here that the iconic Mriia plane was destroyed: "Visited Hostomel airfield today in Ukraine & spoke with officers who fiercely defended their homeland. Their message was clear. They need more aid to continue defending not only their sovereignty but the freedom of the whole free world. #StandWithUkraine."