In kyiv, the Irish Prime Minister denounces Moscow’s use of hunger as a weapon of war
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin denounced Russia’s use of hunger as a weapon and reiterated Ireland’s support for Ukraine on Wednesday (July 6) during his first visit to Kyiv since the start of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Speaking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, Micheál Martin reiterated Ireland’s support for Ukraine, its path towards EU membership as well as sanctions against Russia.
Before meeting with Mr. Zelensky, Mr. Martin visited two suburbs of kyiv hard hit by the war, Borodyanka and Irpin, as well as a mass grave in Boutcha. He stated that “the devastation and inhumanity of Russia’s attacks” on these regions were “difficult to understand“.
“Bombings and attacks on civilians are nothing less than war crimes, and I will use my visit to express Ireland’s support for initiatives to hold the perpetrators of these attacks fully accountable. their deeds”he said before the meeting.
Mr. Martin also visited the Holodomor memorial in kyiv, which commemorates the millions who died in the 1932-33 famine in Soviet Ukraine. Russia has been accused of intentionally targeting Ukraine’s food stocks, jeopardizing supplies in Ukraine and around the world.
“Ukraine and Ireland both know the suffering and pain of famine”said Mr. Martin. “Russia must not be allowed to use food as a weapon in this immoral and unjustified war”.
This visit by the Irish Prime Minister to Ukraine came at the invitation of Mr. Zelensky, and although this is Mr. Martin’s first visit to the country since the start of the war in February, other Irish officials had already made the trip.
Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney met officials in Kyiv in April, and the speakers of both houses of the Irish parliament visited the capital in May at the invitation of Ukrainian lawmakers.
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