Businessman Rinat Akhmetov urges the authorities, business, and citizens to stand united, and announces that SCM will pay UAH 1 billion in taxes upfront.
"I have repeatedly stated and will say again that our common goal is a strong, peaceful, independent, united Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. Everyone must do everything in their power to strengthen the country," reads his comment given to Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
"The threat of invasion demands that we stand as united as possible. The government, business, and each and every Ukrainian citizen. Unity is a matter of country's survival now," stated Akhmetov.
According to him, "at this time, Ukraine needs stability of the state finances more than ever. Business must play its role and help the state. SCM business will pay UAH 1 billion in taxes upfront."
"I want to emphasise that SCM businesses will proceed with all the investments we committed to in 2022 plans, no matter what dreadful scenarios we face. This includes investments in Mariupol," reads the statement.
"However, our biggest value is people. I am confident that business must join the government in helping people. I have already instructed my Foundation to help with evacuation, medicines and everything necessary, if needed. We will do everything to prevent a humanitarian disaster. The direction of our efforts will be determined by my Foundation together with the businesses, as well as local and central authorities," he said.