War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin promises to rebuild the destroyed cities of Donbass, “it will take weeks, months, years”

In particular, there is a lot to do in Luhansk and Donetsk and “therefore our country will help the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic”, the president said on Wednesday during a videoconference with young people.

Russia recognized the independence of the pro-Russian, self-proclaimed “people’s republics” of Luhansk and Donetsk in February, ostensibly to protect those territories.

Previously, Moscow also invested in the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014, to build bridges, an airport and a highway. However, the reconstruction of Donbass is likely to be much more expensive. “It will take months, weeks and years” to restore order in the Donbas, Putin said. “But at least we’re going to do it,” he told a worried young girl in the area.

Vladimir Putin has also come out in favor of an association of young people in Russia. Some observers compare such an organization to the Komsomol, the Soviet Communist Youth. Critics accuse Putin of wanting to set up a paternalistic authoritarian system, like in Soviet times.

Leave a Comment