Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has warned of a large number of more refugees in the wake of the recent Russian airstrikes on his country. "If there is no electricity, heating or water in Ukraine, it could trigger a new migration tsunami," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper (FAS). Schmyhal accused Russia of wanting to "plunge Ukraine into a humanitarian catastrophe" by attacking its civilian infrastructure. The Ukraine should be given a cold winter in which many people could freeze to death.
In view of this, he asked for "mobile equipment for generating electricity and heat" and for water treatment plants. There is still enough fuel for the generators "at the moment", "but if there is a large-scale power and heating failure, we will need more". Then his country would also need "electricity imports" from the West. In addition, the Prime Minister asked Germany for further military aid.
Schmyhal would like to use the Russian assets frozen abroad for reconstruction. He said the damage from Russia's attack is now "more than $750 billion." At the same time, there are frozen Russian assets worth $300-500 billion. "We should develop a mechanism to confiscate Russian assets," he said.
On Monday, Schmyhal will open a German-Ukrainian economic forum in Berlin with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), where top representatives of both countries want to discuss the reconstruction of Ukraine. Several ministers from the Ukraine will travel to Berlin or connect online, as the organizers announced.