"We held important talks with U.S. Secretary of Transport Pete Buttigieg on systemic measures to support Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor. In the conversation, Buttigieg confirmed that the United States is ready to provide utmost assistance in the process of rebuilding Ukraine's infrastructure after the end of the war and the de-occupation of Ukrainian territories,” Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov said, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press release of the Ministry of Infrastructure on Telegram.
He stressed that the Ukrainian infrastructure was being purposefully destroyed: dozens of bridges, hundreds of kilometers of roads and railways, civilian and military airports. In addition, Russian invaders have already begun firing on Ukrainian ports. According to Kubrakov, these crimes and damages are recorded daily.
The Secretary reminded that the United States was tightening sanctions against Russia. In particular, the United States decided to close its airspace for flights of Russian aircraft.
"We told our colleagues that the next logical sanction should be to block, following the United Kingdom and Canada, their ports for Russian ships, as well as companies associated with this country, and to help exclude Russia and its organizations from key international associations," said the Ukrainian minister.
The officials also discussed the supply of defensive weapons, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Such assistance will scale up, and new supply routes from the United States through European countries to Ukraine are being developed for this purpose.
"In a very short time, we managed to agree with the western neighbors on the maximum simplification of procedures for the passage of trucks and trains across the borders to Ukraine. However, we must understand that the help of our partners is currently provided in very dangerous conditions," Kubrakov said.
He noted that, given the insane actions of the aggressor country, the constant disregard for all international rules and regulations, Ukraine insists on the complete closure of sky over Ukraine. According to Kubrakov, now it is a matter of protection not only of our country, but also of the citizens of NATO member states.
As reported, the Russian Federation caused tens of millions of US dollars in damage to Ukraine's infrastructure.
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