Russia could start paying reparations by end of 2022, Zelenskyy says

21 October 2022, 01:34 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

The mechanism of forcing Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine could be in place by the end of the year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during his Oct. 20 evening address.

Following a meeting with Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is working to get the UN to support a resolution on a compensation mechanism for Ukraine.

When asked about which countries could be expected to start transferring frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, Zelenskyy replied that “it depends on the implementation of an international mechanism.”

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“Many countries are ready to do it,” Zelenskyy said.

“I think that by the end of this year we will have real solutions and we will see a real mechanism.”

During his evening address, the president stressed that Moscow would pay for its terror not only with “isolation and degradation,” but also with assets owned by the Russian state and state-affiliated entities.

“Russia is trying to destroy the energy system of Ukraine, to make our people suffer even more, but this only galvanizes the international community to help us more, and put even more pressure on the (Russian) terrorist state,” Zelenskyy added.

“All our expenses for protecting energy facilities and restoring infrastructure after Russian terrorist strikes will be compensated at the expense of Russian assets."

Back in May, Zelenskyy said Kyiv is urging its partners to sign an agreement on using the seized and frozen Russian funds to pay reparations to Ukraine.

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