World Bank's Malpass: Bill for rebuilding Ukraine rising, not detecting donor fatigue

NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) - World Bank President David Malpass on Thursday said the expected cost for rebuilding Ukraine will go up "quite a bit" from the roughly $350 billion estimated earlier this year, given Russia's targeting of Ukraine's electricity grid and other infrastructure.

He told the Reuters NEXT conference that he did not detect any "donor fatigue" in the international community despite the huge cost of the war, but there was "gigantic frustration" with Russia for continuing the war.

World Bank President David Malpass attends the Reuters NEXT Newsmaker event in New York City, New York, U.S., December 1, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

"It's a grinding war, and hugely disappointing," Malpass said, adding that Russian officials were now outcasts when they came to international meetings.

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Reporting by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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