Finland to draw up own Ukraine recovery plan by year’s end

The Finnish government plans to present the first part of its plan for Ukraine’s recovery by the end of the year, the country’s minister of foreign trade and development, Ville Tavio, told Ukrinform news agency in an interview.

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Mr Tavio stressed that Ukraine can count on Finland’s support in the future "to overcome the enormous consequences of Russian aggression".

"Finland is preparing to take part in the reconstruction process and is developing a national reconstruction plan in cooperation with the private sector. The first part of the plan will be published by the end of this year," he said.

The plan will focus on how the Finnish private sector can participate in Ukraine's recovery.

"The second part will be prepared shortly afterwards. It will look at Finnish support for Ukraine in a broader context, including development cooperation," the Finnish official said.

Finland has been providing defence and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since the start of Russia's full-scale military aggression in February 2022.

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