Ukraine’s richest man pledges to rebuild Mariupol
Ukraine’s richest man has pledged to help rebuild the besieged city of Mariupol.
Rinat Akhmetov, owner of Metinvest, Ukraine’s largest steel mill, said he was confident that the country’s “brave soldiers” would defend the southern city.
He said: “Mariopol is a global tragedy and a global example of heroism. For me, Mariupol was and always will be a Ukrainian city.
“I believe that 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, met workers. My ambition is to return to Ukraine’s Mariupol and implement our plans (new production) so that the steel produced by Mariupol can compete in world markets as before.”
According to Forbes, Akhmedov’s net worth in 2013 was $15.4 billion and currently stands at $3.9 billion.
He added: “For us, the war broke out in 2014. We lost all our assets in the Crimea and in the temporarily occupied Donbass. We lost our business, but that made us tougher and stronger.”
“I am confident that SCM, as the largest private company in the country, will play a major role in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
“We will certainly need an unprecedented international reconstruction program, the Marshall Plan for Ukraine.
“I trust that we will all rebuild a free, European, democratic and successful Ukraine after our victory in this war.”