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Ukraine to give Georgia around $20 mln in aid2008-10-22 15:51
Ukraine is to give Georgia $21 million in financial assistance to help rebuild the country following a brief armed conflict between Tbilisi and Russia, a deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday, reports RIA-Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Konstyantyn Yelyseyev said during a meeting of international donors, which gathered Wednesday in Brussels to discuss aid for Georgia, that Ukraine had earlier sent Georgia 156 metric tons of humanitarian aid and the government had approved a decision to grant Tbilisi $21 million for reconstruction and social projects.
A joint World Bank and UN assessment said Georgia would need around $3.4 billion over the next three years to support the economy, rebuild damaged infrastructure and help refugees who lost their homes during the conflict.
The European Commission earlier pledged up to 500 million euros ($662.3 million) for the country up to 2010, with the U.S. offering around $1 billion to rebuild Georgia. The EU also invited individual donor countries to contribute funds.
Russia, which was condemned by the international community for its "disproportionate" response to Georgia's August attack on South Ossetia, was not invited to the conference over its decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another Georgian breakaway region, as independent states on August 26.
Moscow has urged international aid for the breakaway region of South Ossetia which suffered civilian casualties and destruction during the conflict.