Japan PM pledges $5.5bn in further Ukraine help

TOKYO: Japan will provide Ukraine recent monetary help price $5.5 billion, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida mentioned Monday, days earlier than the primary anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

“There may be nonetheless a necessity to help individuals whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the conflict, and to revive destroyed infrastructure,” he mentioned in a speech at a assume tank symposium in Tokyo.

“We’ve got determined to supply further monetary help of $5.5 billion,” Kishida mentioned.

He mentioned the federal government would search parliament’s approval for “the modification of related legal guidelines and guidelines” to permit the funds to be delivered.

The announcement got here as US President Joe Biden, on an unannounced go to to Kyiv, promised elevated arms deliveries for Ukraine.

Japan PM says to G7 summit with Ukraine’s Zelenskiy on Friday

Japan has joined Western powers in imposing sanctions on Russia and has offered humanitarian, though not army, help to Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin’s invasion was launched on February 24, 2022.

Japan holds this yr’s Group of Seven presidency and Kishida additionally introduced he’ll host a video convention of the bloc’s leaders with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, a yr since Russia started its conflict.