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Parliament showed support for Ukraine

Published 3/3/2022 4:10 PM
MPs applauding Ukrainian Ambassador attending the plenary session in the diplomats' gallery

​Members of Parliament applauding Ukrainian Ambassador Olga Dibrova attending the plenary session in the diplomats' gallery on 3 March 2022.

Parliament showed support for Ukraine

​Members of Parliament expressed their support and solidarity to Ukraine at the beginning of the weekly question time when Ukraine's Ambassador to Finland Olga Dibrova attended the plenary session.

Ambassador was invited by Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen.

“We have followed with great shock Russia's military invasion against Ukraine and the destruction and sorrow it has caused. Parliament of Finland strongly condemns Russia's military attack against Ukraine and her people. At the same time, Parliament, together with other state organs, and in cooperation with all the EU member states, has shown broad and unified support for Ukraine. Our support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity is strong and unwavering", Vanhanen stated.

“With this gesture the Parliament of Finland wishes to express its strong support and solidarity to democratic and free Ukraine and Ukrainians. Ukraine's cause is ours", Vanhanen ended his short welcoming remarks.

Before question time, Vanhanen had met with the Ambassador, who wanted to thank all the individuals, organisations and companies for the support and assistance that has been sent to Ukraine so far. Vanhanen conveyed these thanks to all Finns through a televised question time.​

After the speech, the Members of Parliament applauded the ambassador in the diplomats' gallery.​