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Rõivas: Outright warfare continues in Eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier in a trench in Avdiivka, Eastern Ukraine.
A Ukrainian soldier in a trench in Avdiivka, Eastern Ukraine. Source: (SIPA/Scanpix)

Outright combat acivity is going on in Eastern Ukraine, said Second Vice-President of the Riigikogu and former Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform) after visiting Ukrainian troops serving close to the front line in Eastern Ukraine.

"Seeing the massive destruction wrought on the city of Sloviansk and speaking to 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 according to spokespeople for the Riigikogu.

"For the Ukrainian soldiers I visited, military actions are a daily reality despite the international protests and the Minsk Agreements," he said.

The assault unit visited by Rõivas and other participants in a recent security conference held in Kharkiv had participated in the battles for Donetsk Airport and has lost altogether more than one hundred personnel in combat, with many more injured.

"It is absolutely clear that the European Union must continue supporting Ukraine in every way it can, including through sanctions against Russia," Rõivas said speaking at the Sloviansk crisis center after visiting the Ukrainian assault unit.

"I hope that Estonia continues to stand by Ukraine," he continued. "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 development toward Western freedom and market economy as chosen by the Ukrainian people."

The Riigikogu vice-president visited Eastern Ukraine in order to attend a security conference in Kharkiv organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

"It is not possible that there is a military conflict in one part of Europe, and the other part of Europe is not touched by it," Rõivas stressed in a speech at the conference on Monday. "The security of Europe is one whole, and the events in Ukraine are the concern of all of us."

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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