Ukraine reconstruction agency chief quits day before recovery conference

Ukraine reconstruction agency chief quits day before recovery conference

Mustafa Nayyem says he has been undermined by Kyiv government and stopped from attending event in Berlin

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The head of Ukraine’s reconstruction agency has resigned a day before an international conference on the country’s long-term reconstruction, saying he had been prevented from attending after being systematically undermined by the Ukrainian government from doing his job.

Mustafa Nayyem announced his resignation in a Facebook post on Monday after previously sending a strongly worded message to a number of foreign partners criticising the Ukrainian administration for a wide range of mistakes.

The lack of “government approval for the payment of $150m (£118m) borrowed from the European Investment Bank for critical projects including water supply and energy protection”.

Being “plagued by inexplicable bureaucratic delays”.

A “significant reduction in salaries” at his agency (a senior expert now earns the equivalent of €320 [£270] a month) leading to a loss of a quarter of staff since January.

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