Ukraine: West handed over master plan to secure fate in Europe ‘like reconstruction at sea’ | World | News

The Russian war on Ukraine has killed thousands, destroyed cities and led to a mass exodus of about six million nationals, many of whom witnessed torture, sexual violence and indiscriminate destruction.

Kiev has repeatedly requested longer-range precision weapons so that troops can defend themselves against Russian heavy artillery, which has been used devastatingly in the battle for the Donbas.

This week, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that the UK is equipping Ukraine with an M270 multi-launch missile system.

He said: “As Russian tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine.”

But according to Professor Matt Qvortrup, a political scientist at Coventry University’s Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), the government’s leading role in helping Kiev with weapons must be combined with the pursuit of longer-term solutions.

He told Express.co.uk: “How can Ukraine become a well-established European nation?

“This is the civilian war effort, going beyond just giving weapons.”

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Prof Qvortrup is one of a group of academics, economists and politicians behind the Council for Economic Recovery of Ukraine (CERUA).

Others include Volodymyr Groysman, the ex-prime minister of Ukraine, and Dutch politician Ad Melkert, a former executive director of the World Bank Group.

CERUA was founded on the stark prediction of the World Bank that the Ukrainian economy will shrink by 45 percent this year.

Prof Qvortrup, director of the council, said: “Our aim is to bring together the best policy thinking to address issues that are directly relevant now, but also to do some useful, practical thinking for the future, which can be difficult.” for officials in Ukraine to do in the midst of war and crisis.

“Creating a viable economy in Ukraine requires more than financial support.”

He added: “All the evidence shows that democratic institutions and the rule of law are the keys to wealth creation. A strong economy requires courts that can enforce contracts, and the transparency that comes through democratic institutions.

“Ukraine pioneered Checks and Balances in the early 18th century – it’s time for these ideas to come home.”

He acknowledged the challenges associated with Ukraine still being “literally under siege,” he explained: “We’re kind of talking about the idea of ​​rebuilding a ship while it’s still at sea.

“What we need to do is restore the institutions that are conducive to economic growth, which are essentially the institutions of the rule of law, British values.”

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Referring to England’s Glorious Revolution in 1688, Prof Qvortrup suggested that the end of the war in Ukraine could give way to a stronger nation.

He said: “Way back in time when Britain really got off the ground was the time when we set up courts that enforce these rules [the rule of law]†

“We are trying to do the same for Ukraine, as Britain did in 1688.

“It is a case of Ukraine coming home to the European family from which they have been so forcefully removed.”

CERUA will publish papers and reports and hold conferences to continuously present its findings.

Mr Groysman from Ukraine said: “I am pleased to have been invited to participate in the work of this Council.

“The war is affecting different parts of the country in different ways, and we have to recognize that the solutions have to take that into account.

“Cities with Russian invaders or devastated like Mariupol need very different solutions than Lviv, which fortunately was largely spared the worst effects of the war.”

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