United for Ukraine - Besuch in Kyiw 08.04.202209. April 2022
Am Freitag, den 08. April 2022, konnte ich als Teil einer Gruppe von 35 Abgeordneten des Europäischen Parlaments und aus nationalen Europäischen Ländern die Ukraine besuchen.
Unsere sehr kurzfristige Reise hatte das Ziel uns zur aktuellen Lage vor Ort ein besseres Bild zu zeichnen und uns mit unseren Ukrainischen Parlamentskolleg:innen in der Werchowna Rada auszutauschen.
Nach unserer Ankunft in Kyiw konnten wir Ruslan Stefantschuk, den Präsidenten der Werchowna Rada treffen.
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On Friday, April 8, 2022, I was able to visit Ukraine as part of a group of 35 Members of the European Parliament and from national European countries.
Our very short trip had the goal to get a better picture of the current situation on the ground and to exchange views with our Ukrainian parliamentary colleagues in the Verkhovna Rada.
After our arrival in Kyiv we could meet Ruslan Stefantschuk, the President of the Verkhovna Rada. Afterwards, our delegation paid a visit to the towns of Butsha and Irpin, which were recently liberated from Russian troops.
We were also able to see the ruined buildings around us from the bridge in Irpin, which was destroyed in March. The horrible pictures and reports can’t give a proper impression of the shocking reality on the ground. The extent of the destruction is inconceivable.
The reports of the people on the ground are harrowing. Russian warfare follows a strategy of annihilation. Attacks and atrocities are directed against all Ukrainians, women, men and children. The urgent appeal of all our interlocutors in the parliament and in the destroyed residential areas was the desire for arms deliveries. Ukrainians are defending their country and all of our democracy against the Russian war of aggression. The European Union must support Ukraine in building up its defense capacities.
Both our counterparts in the Parliament and the people on the ground in the devastated cities around Kyiv shared the urgent desire for more arms supplies to defend and defend their homeland.
Together, United for Ukraine, we agreed on six urgent priorities:
Weapon deliveries and military support,
post-war reconstruction and a Marshall Plan for Ukraine,
sanctions against Russia,
an international tribunal for war crimes and crimes of aggression,
and the integration of Ukraine into the EU.
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