First highway of European standard in Ukraine may appear in Donbas

First highway of European standard in Ukraine may appear in Donbas

If a joint project with Germany on creation of modern infrastructure in Donbas is launched, the first highway in Ukraine that meets all European standards may appear in this region.

"Currently, we consider a possibility of developing roads in eastern Ukraine, in particular, Zaporizhzhia-Mariupol highway, for which the draft state budget for 2019 stipulates allocation of about UAH 1 billion at the initiative of the President. In addition, it is expected to attract additional funds within the loan from the German government,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan told an Ukrinform correspondent having met in Berlin with German colleagues, in particular, with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and the State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport.

He specified it would be about EUR 90 million for construction of roads, primarily in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Currently, the project agreement is being negotiated and is finalized by the German side.

"It will be an interesting project. If it is implemented, it will be the first road in Ukraine which meets all the European standards, including environmental norms, wildlife crossings, etc., which we often see in the EU but we have not got yet," Omelyan said.


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