Ukraine’s richest man vows to rebuild metropolis of Mariupol
Ukraine’s richest man has pledged to assist rebuild the besieged metropolis of Mariupol.
Rinat Akhmetov, who owns Ukraine’s largest steelmaker, Metinvest, stated he was positive the nation’s “brave soldiers” would defend the southern metropolis.
He stated: “Mariupol is a world tragedy and a world instance of heroism. For me, Mariupol has been and can all the time be a Ukrainian metropolis.
“I believe that our brave soldiers will defend the city, though I understand how difficult and hard it is for them.”
Mr Akhmetov addedd: “I talked to people in the streets, I met with workers. My ambition is to return to a Ukrainian Mariupol and implement our (new production) plans so that Mariupol-produced steel can compete in global markets as before.”
According to Forbes journal, Mr Akhmetov’s web value in 2013 reached $15.4 billion and it at present stands at $3.9 billion.
“For us, the war broke out in 2014. We lost all of our assets both in Crimea and in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbas. We lost our businesses, but it made us tougher and stronger,” he added.
“I’m assured that, because the nation’s largest personal enterprise, SCM will play a key position within the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
“We will certainly want an unprecedented worldwide reconstruction programme, a Marshall Plan for Ukraine.
“I trust that we all will rebuild a free, European, democratic, and successful Ukraine after our victory in this war.”