Switzerland is joining international efforts to help Ukraine this winter

Ukrainians face the prospect of a frigid winter, and many are without electricity. Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Swiss President Ignazio Cassis announced on Tuesday during an international conference in Paris that Switzerland will donate an additional 100 million Swiss francs ($108 million) to help Ukraine “overcome this crisis.”

This content was published on December 13, 2022 – 17:00

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimates his country’s needs for this winter at about $800 million, and the countries that attended the Paris conference pledged nearly a billion dollars to help the Ukrainian population, whose civil infrastructure, including electrical facilities, was damaged by Russian missile attacks.

“I hope that this conference will bring together all the necessary means and resources to help Ukrainians overcome the crisis, and give them hope after that,” Cassis stressed in his speech. He stressed that the various conferences of Ukraine held in Warsaw, Berlin and now in Paris “allow us to continue the joint commitment that was observed in Lugano (Switzerland)” in July.

The Swiss parliament has approved $100 million, and it will be used for civilian infrastructure and assistance to the Ukrainian people. “Whether through the principles of the Lugano Reconstruction Conference or through our humanitarian experience on the ground, Switzerland is very present in the field of relief and reconstruction in Ukraine,” Cassis noted.

Earlier this year, Switzerland allocated 80 million francs in humanitarian aid to Ukraine after the Russian attack on February 24.

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