There has been no let-up in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With daily shelling of Ukrainian cities and waves of missile attacks on the capital, Kyiv, the bill for rebuilding the country is mounting. In one night attack on May 16, Russia launched six ballistic missiles, 12 cruise missiles and dozens of drones. Witnesses say it was one of the scariest nights since the war began.
Villages in areas of intense fighting in the east have suffered most. But despite the horror, Ukrainians are defiant, determined to repel Russian aggression and to build a better future. People are slowly returning to liberated villages, patching up damaged houses and planting vegetables.
On June 21 and 22, western donors and investors will gather in London for the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2023. They must consider how to ensure the Ukrainian people have a say in shaping post-war reconstruction.