The head of Ukrainian reconstruction resigns from his position before the conference in Berlin
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The head of Ukrainian reconstruction resigns from his position before the conference in Berlin

Kiev, June 10 (IANS/DPA): Mustafa Nayyem, the head of the Ukrainian reconstruction agency, resigned shortly before the start of the next round of talks on the reconstruction of Ukraine in Berlin.

“Since November last year, the agency’s team has faced constant resistance and the creation of artificial obstacles,” Nayyem wrote on Facebook on Monday.

In his position, Nayyem lamented his agency’s underfunding and excessive bureaucracy, which delayed reconstruction efforts. Further work became impossible after the resignation of Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov in early May.

Nayyem’s resignation was prompted by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal’s refusal to allow a business trip to a reconstruction conference in Berlin. The third international conference to date is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Media reports indicate that a large part of the Nayyem team is also leaving, which calls into question the future work of the agency.

Nayyem, a former journalist, has headed the State Agency for Infrastructure Reconstruction and Development since January 2023. He first gained international fame for his prominent role in starting pro-Western protests in Ukraine in 2013.

The war in Ukraine is estimated to have caused damage totaling several hundred billion dollars since Russia started it more than two years ago.