The Ukrainians began to rebuild their pre-war business, as Russian troops withdrew in many areas, but left much damage behind.
When the Russian army advanced on Kyiv in February, the village of Moshchun stood in its way. Fighting and bombing destroyed many buildings and infrastructure. Most of the people were evacuated. About three months later, they began to return and see what was left of their homes and businesses.
The owner of a grocery store, Zinaida Kostenko, is one of them. With the help of her family, she is cleaning her small shop, according to Reuters.
Ukrainians resume their pre-war business, but no one knows for sure what will happen next
“It simply came to our notice then. The boys are working and I think we will have light by the end of the month. If it’s light, we can work, “the 67-year-old told Reuters.
Kostenko was lucky – her shop remained largely intact. Some of the ceiling panels have fallen off and the roof needs to be repaired. She is more concerned about her clients. Many have not returned, although the streets of Moschun are still quiet, she said.
“We will restore everything and live as we did before. We are not a nation that is afraid of hardships. But we will not give up. Our grandchildren are in the army and we will proudly resist. Although Russia dreams of a piece of our land, it will not receive it! ” Kostenko added.
The European Commission announced on Thursday that it had paid more than 3.5 billion euros in advance to member states to adjust their handling of the arrival of Ukrainian refugees on their territory, according to a press release from the EU executive.
Most of the funds, 562 million euros, were paid to Poland because the country received the most Ukrainian refugees. It is followed by Italy, with 452 million euros, and Romania with 450 million euros.
Payments were made under the Cohesion Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) and the money can be used to provide food, accommodation, healthcare, education or jobs to refugees in Ukraine, the European Commission said.
The EU contribution will help reduce the additional burden on Member States ‘budgets, as Member States’ spending on all actions to support people fleeing Ukraine will be eligible for EU support retroactively from the start of the Russian invasion (24 February 2022 ).
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