Yesterday, the Vice President of the Riigikogu Taavi Rõivas visited the Ukrainian troops that serve close to the front line in Eastern Ukraine, and heard about the ongoing hostilities.
“Seeing the massive destruction wrought on the city of Sloviansk, and speaking to the local residents helps to grasp the seriousness of the ongoing conflict, and is an important addition to the briefings on slides and paper,” Rõivas said. “For the Ukrainian soldiers I visited, military actions are a daily reality despite the international protests and the Minsk Agreements.”
The visited assault unit had taken part in battles for Donetsk airport, and has lost over one hundred fighters in battles, and even more have been injured.
“It is absolutely clear that the European Union must continue supporting Ukraine in every way it can, including through sanctions against Russia,” said Rõivas in the Sloviansk crisis centre after visiting the battle unit. “I hope that Estonia continues to stand by Ukraine. I would also like to remind my colleagues who miss good economic relations with Russia that Ukraine is still at war caused by Russia’s intervention to derail the development towards Western freedom and market economy, which had been chosen by the Ukrainian people,” Rõivas added.
The Vice President of the Riigikogu visited Eastern Ukraine on the occasion of a security conference organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.