Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Neliupšienė: Ukraine's will to defend itself and fortitude have shown that it is a defender of fundamental European values against a barbaric Russia
On 22-24 November, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Jovita Neliupšienė is visiting Ukraine. The Foreign Vice-Minister arrived in Kyiv, together with a delegation of women from European countries - Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Romania and Germany - to express solidarity with Ukraine and its people, who have been bravely fighting against Russia's aggression since 2014.
"One of the main objectives of the visit is to express strong support for Ukraine's European future. Ukraine's will to defend itself and fortitude have shown that it is a defender of fundamental European values against a barbaric Russia. Thanks to the joint effort of our partners, Ukraine's reconstruction has already begun. When Ukraine wins this war, we will all have to pull together even more and accelerate the pace of the reconstruction of a European Ukraine," Neliupšienė said after a meeting with Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna.
By the end of this year, Lithuania plans to establish a mobile settlement in Borodianka to accommodate temporarily about 36 families who lost their homes during the Russian war against Ukraine. Lithuania also plans to contribute to the reconstruction of a bridge in the Kyiv region,
to the renovation of a kindergarten in Irpin, and the reconstruction of a school in Borodianka.
The meetings of the delegation of European Ministers and Vice-Ministers with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanch and the Deputy Chairman Olena Kondratiuk took place in the basement of the Verkhovna Rada due to an attack by Russian aggressors on one of Kyiv's power plants.
During her visit to Ukraine, Neliupšienė also took part in the meetings with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, other international organisations and Ukraine's civil society.
"As if during the darkest years of Gulag, thousands of Ukrainian children were deported to Russia. The international community must make every effort to ensure their safe return to Ukraine as soon as possible, so that they can grow up together with their home country that is being reconstructed," Neliupšienė said.
The Foreign Vice-Minister will also meet with Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska and university students, to whom she will convey Lithuania's strong support for Ukraine and its people.