Address to Ukrainian people

The Russian invaders entered Slavutych and faced the same reaction there as in the south of our state, as in the east of our country.

Every day of our struggle for Ukraine, every manifestation of our resistance in all areas the occupiers have entered so far proves that Ukraine is a state full of life, which has historical roots and moral foundations throughout its territory.

Nothing they do will help the occupiers in the Ukrainian territory they temporarily entered. Neither propaganda, nor bribing. 

Everyone in Ukraine has united and has been devoting all their energy to the defense of our state for more than a month already. Together with the Armed Forces and the National Guard.

I also spoke today twice with Polish President Andrzej Dudaabout our people who found protection in Poland and the need to strengthen our common security. Security for all Europeans actually.

What is the price of this security? These are planes, tanks, anti-missile defense, anti-ship weaponry for Ukraine. This is what is covered with dust at their storage facilities. 

Because it cannot be acceptable for everyone on the continent if the Baltic states, Poland, Slovakia and the whole of Eastern Europe are at risk of a clash with the Russian invaders.

At risk only because they left only one percent of all NATO aircraft and tanks somewhere in their hangars. We did not and we do not ask for more. And we have already been waiting for 31 days!

So who runs the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it still Moscow because of intimidation?

Partners need to step up assistance to Ukraine because this is the security of Europe. This is exactly what we agreed on in Kyiv when the three prime ministers of Eastern European countries. Today, immediately after the conversation with the President of Poland, I contacted the defenders of Mariupol. I am grateful to each of them! I wish at least a percentage of their courage to those who have been thinking for 31 days how to transfer a dozen or two of planes or tanks…

By the way, we talked today with our military in Mariupol in Russian. Because there is no language problem in Ukraine and there never was.

Now you, the Russian occupiers, are creating this problem. You are doing everything to make our people stop speaking Russian themselves, because the Russian language will be associated with you and your crimes. 

Our representatives - the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense of Ukraine - met today in Poland with colleagues from the United States. They were joined by US President Joseph Biden. As I was informed, the negotiations concerned, in particular, these vital interests, which I mentioned above. 

It is impossible to unblock Mariupol without a sufficient number of tanks, other armored vehicles and, of course, aircraft. All defenders of Ukraine, in particular in Mariupol, know that. 

This should be known as soon as possible by as many people on earth as possible, so that everyone understands who and why was afraid to prevent this tragedy. Afraid to simply make a vital decision. 

We have already seized a number of Russian tanks, which the military command of this country keeps sending to be burned here. However, the nations of the world will not understand for sure if the battlefield in Ukraine will be a larger supplier of tanks to protect freedom in Europe than our partners.

Ukraine's position must be heard. I want to emphasize: this is the position is of the vast majority of Europe's population, the majority of Europeans.

If you do not want to hear the opinion of the people, then hear the strikes of Russian missiles hitting right next to the Polish border. Are you waiting for the roar of Russian tanks?

I also spoke with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Kiril Petkov. In particular, about the humanitarian catastrophe due to the actions of Russian troops and how to save our people.

I spoke today at the Doha Forum - a respectable meeting that is important not only for the Islamic world, but also for many other countries in Latin America and Africa - the regions where Russian propaganda still has great influence, but we are working against lies all over the world. To let every nation in the world,feel the depth of Russia's injustice against Ukraine and everything that keeps the world within morality and humanity.

The occupiers committed another crime against history. Near Kharkiv, Russian troops in their branded inhuman style "denazified" the Holocaust Memorial in Drobytsky Yar, where during World War II, the Nazis executed about 20,000 people. 

The menorah in Drobytsky Yar destroyed by Russianprojectiles today is another question to the entire Jewish community of the world: how many more crimes against our common memory of the Holocaust will be allowed to be committed by Russia on our Ukrainian land?

Russian troops are destroying everything that makes us a nation, but they will be held accountable for that.


Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories 

The new procedure for importing bulletproof vests, helmets and other material equipment for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was explained by Deputy Prime Minister-Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk. This equipment was equated with humanitarian aid.

"We demand from Russia to return the deported residents of Mariupol and we hope for the help of the Red Cross!"  - Iryna Vereshchuk

Iryna Vereshchuk, expressed hope that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would consider Ukraine's appeal on the fate of Ukrainian citizens forcibly displaced to Russia. 

In the appeal, our country strongly condemns the forced deportation of civilians by Russia.  She also expresses her concern at the Red Cross's intention to open an office in Rostov-na-Donuto work with forced Ukrainians deported to Russia.

Ukrainian citizens are separated from their families and forcibly relocated to remote regions of Russia, the appeal said.  The Ukrainian government is aware that Russian troops have abducted more than 2,000 Ukrainian children and their whereabouts are unknown.  There are numerous abduction cases, hostage-taking, and ill-treatment of civilians by the occupiers.  In particular, in the Russian Federation, Ukrainian passports are taken away. 

Such actions of the Russian Federation are a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the removal of individual or mass forcible transfer of protected persons from the occupied territories to the territory of the occupying state or any other country, regardless of the reasons for evacuation/resettlement.  In international armed conflicts, such acts are war crimes.

Therefore, the Ukrainian Government is concerned about the information about the ICRC's intention to open an office in Rostov-on-Don to work with Ukrainian citizens forcibly displaced in Russia. After all, strengthening the institutional presence of the committee in Russia may be misinterpreted by Russia to legitimize such forceful movements.  And this step may encourage the aggressor state to intensify this resettlement, which will worsen the already dramatic situation.

The Ukrainian side urges the ICRC to focus primarily on resolving the problem of the forced relocation of Ukrainian citizens and facilitating their rapid return.  Russia should provide information about our citizens, particularly prisoners of war held by Russia, and protect them from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

"Ukraine has officially appealed to President of the ICRC Peter Maurer to obtain from Russia lists of all our citizens whom the occupiers forcibly deported from Mariupol and to provide them with the opportunity to return to Ukraine," Iryna Vereshchuksaid.

She assured that she would inform the public about the results of the consideration of the appeal as soon as they became known.

Ukraine also asks the ICRC to intensify its efforts to ensure the safe operation of humanitarian corridors agreed with the Ukrainian government for civilians to pass from besieged cities to secure areas.