Ukraine’s richest man pledges to rebuild Mariupol city

Ukraine’s richest man has pledged to help rebuild the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Rinat Akhmetov, who owns Ukraine’s biggest steelmaker, Metinvest, said he was sure the country’s “brave soldiers” would defend the city from the south.

He said: “Mariupol is a global tragedy and a global example of heroism. For me, Mariupol has been and always will be a Ukrainian city.

“I believe our brave soldiers will defend the city, although I understand how difficult and difficult it is for them.”

Mr. Akhmetov added: “I talked to people on the streets, I met workers. My ambition is to return to a Ukrainian Mariupol and implement our plans (for new production) so that the steel produced by Mariupol can be competitive in world markets as before.

According to Forbes magazine, Mr. Akhmetov’s net worth in 2013 reached $15.4 billion and currently stands at $3.9 billion.

“For us, war broke out in 2014. We lost all our assets in Crimea and the temporarily occupied territory of Donbass. We lost our businesses, but it made us tougher and stronger,” he said. he adds.

“I am convinced that as the largest private company in the country, SCM will play a key role in the reconstruction of Ukraine after the war.

“We will certainly need an unprecedented international reconstruction program, a Marshall Plan for Ukraine.

“I am convinced that we will all rebuild a free, European, democratic and prosperous Ukraine after our victory in this war.”

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