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A Marshall Plan for Ukraine should prioritise harm done to humans, not buildings

The human cost of an armed conflict produces the most damaging and long-lasting societal consequences. Unlike residential buildings or infrastructure, which can be rebuilt through various forms of financial aid, human suffering cannot be remedied by financial assistance alone. Any discussion of a Marshall Plan for Ukraine needs to have a strong element of reparations for all those victims harmed during this past year.

A Marshall Plan for Ukraine is a recurring idea that is regularly featured in policy discussions both within Ukraine and abroad among policymakers, the media and academic circles. In many ways, this is a unique example of preparations to rebuild a war-torn country as that very war still rages on. Planning for reconstruction early is certainly the correct approach and the best evidence of a collective faith in Ukraine’s prospects to win the war.
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February 15, 2023 - Maksym Popovych - Issue 1-2 2023MagazineStories and ideas

Residents of Irpin had to abandon their homes and evacuate as Russian troops neared in last year's invasion. Photo: Drop of Light / Shutterstock

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