Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the international community to assist Ukraine in rebuilding infrastructure in Donbas.
"Volodymyr Zelensky called for assistance in rebuilding the infrastructure of Donbas. In particular, he stressed the importance of building hospitals in small towns, which are currently not included in the general construction plan," the press service of the Office of the President said on the official website on July 23 to update on Zelensky's working visit to Donbas.
During his trip, he was accompanied by his Swiss counterpart Simonetta Sommaruga.
The two presidents met with representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN system in Ukraine and senior officials of Donetsk Regional State Administration.
International organizations in Ukraine are involved in such important processes in Donbas as providing medical care to local residents, restoring infrastructure, searching for missing persons, and assisting in overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition, assistance to detainees is important.
The participants in the meeting discussed the challenges in Donbas and further steps to make local residents' life easier.
It was noted that Ukraine is doing a lot of work to integrate temporarily uncontrolled territories, and this process needs to be continued to make "people feel like home."
Zelensky also says it is necessary to solve the problem of providing housing for internally displaced persons who have lost their home.