Lithuanian President calls Russia’s acts in Ukraine “a conscious and extremely brutal annihilation” of the country
The president of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, has shared through his official Twitter account his impressions upon arrival in kyiv and nearby cities, where he is on an official visit together with his counterparts from Poland, Estonia and Latvia. After his arrival in the towns of Irpin and Borodianka, two of the cities most attacked by Russian troops in the kyiv region, Nausėda declared that Russia’s acts are “a conscious, selective and extremely brutal annihilation of the Ukrainian nation” . And he added: “The horrors of the war in Ukraine could not have been committed by human beings. The creatures that have done this do not deserve the name.”
For his part, the president of Latvia, Egils Levits, has tweeted that in Irpin and Borodianka there are “scars of cruelty and war everywhere”. “Remains of houses, churches, shops, bridges. Ukraine needs and deserves a recovery plan, a kind of Marshall Plan like the one that helped Western Europe recover from World War II,” Levits said.
The presidents of Poland and the Baltic States have traveled to kyiv to meet with their Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. The Pole Andrzej Duda, the Lithuanian Gitanas Nausėda, the Estonian Alar Karis and the Latvian Egils Levits seek to show their support for the Ukrainian government with this visit. “We are going to kyiv to send a message of political support and military assistance,” Nausėda tweeted on Wednesday.
The meeting with Zelensky will focus on discussing forms of aid to civilians and military in Ukraine, as well as investigations of war crimes, according to a spokesman for Estonian President Alar Karis. The offices of the four leaders have refused to provide further details of the visit for security reasons. The presidents thus join a growing number of European politicians who have visited the Ukrainian capital since Russian forces began their offensive in the country. (Agencies)