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Prime Minister meets Ukraine’s leadership in Kyiv: we will support you until your victory!

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2022 11 26

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As part of the visit to Kyiv on 26 November, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė met with country’s leaders - President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk to discuss the situation in the country, military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, Russia’s full responsibility for the crimes committed, support for Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, and Ukraine’s Euro-integration. 

The Head of the Lithuanian Government underlined Lithuania’s unwavering support for Ukraine until its victory in the fight against Russian military aggression.

‘Attacks against Ukrainian civilian population and civilian infrastructure are nothing short of acts of terrorism, which only add to the long list of Russia’s war crimes ever since 24 February, to which it resorts in the face of increasingly apparent defeat on the battlefield. Lithuania was one of the first to initiate discussions on the establishment of a special international tribunal for bringing perpetrators of crimes to account and will continue to do so. We will support Ukraine, with all our might, until its victory, as we know this is a fight for your freedom and ours,’ said Ingrida Šimonytė.

The Prime Minister underlined that Lithuania is consistently working with its partners to ensure the uninterrupted supply of the arms Ukraine needs, including, in particular, air defence systems. This holds especially in the context of Russia targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and leaving millions of people in the cold and dark, Šimonytė added.

The Prime Minister assured of Lithuania’s continued efforts towards tightening of sanctions against Russia and Belarus and the smooth implementation of the existing sanctions, leaving no loopholes for their circumvention.

On Ukraine’s aspiration to join the European Union, the Prime Minister stressed that Lithuania stood ready to extend all possible expertise and to contribute to the smoothest and fastest possible integration in Europe.

Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations will be among the priority issues for Lithuania at the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius, said Ingrida Šimonytė.

During her visit, the Prime Minister also witnessed the unveiling of her name plaque in the Alley of the Brave, which honours most active advocates and supporters of Ukraine, mainly world leaders.