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Ukraine to launch program on Donbas post-conflict recovery in 2018

Staff Writer | August 18, 2017
Ukraine will start a comprehensive program on the post-conflict recovery in the eastern region of Donbas next year, Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said.
Ukraine Donbas
Conflict   The restoration of transport links
"It is highly important for Kiev to support Donbas, to give it an alternative to the destroyed factories and job cuts, to replace them with new modern projects in industry, agriculture and hi-tech," Omelyan wrote on Facebook after his visit to the restive region.

The program will pay particular attention to the restoration of transport links in Donbas, with a focus on the revival of road, rail and aviation infrastructure, the minister said.

Last year, the Ukrainian government estimated that the post-conflict recovery in eastern Ukraine would require about 20 billion U.S. dollars in investment.

The conflict between government troops and pro-independence insurgents started in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, together known as Donbas, in April 2014.