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‘This war is also our war,’ PACE President says

“The worst that can happen is for us to get used to this war, to start perceiving it as a new normality. We must avoid this at all costs,” today said PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos in a ceremony to mark two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

“But I also ask myself what we can do for the people of Ukraine. Justice and accountability are the most important pillars on which the Council of Europe will continue to focus its efforts to ensure that suffering, damage or crimes caused by the Russian Federation do not go unpunished. Ukraine is also in great need of international support, particularly military munitions,” he added.

“The year 2024 will be crucial for Ukraine. The security of its borders, as well as Europe's democratic path, depend on Ukraine's ability to resist the Russian aggression. I know that this can only be achieved if we do not stand aside but work, hard hand in hand, to convert our solidarity into concrete actions.

I express my deepest admiration for the Ukrainian people, their courage, resilience and love for freedom! And I wish to assure you – this war is also our war, and we will not submit to the temptation to put it somewhere at the back of our minds. We will stand with you and stand strongly for as long as it takes,” the President concluded.

Ambassador Domenik Wanger, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein (on behalf of the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers), Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, and the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Borys Tarasyuk, also took the floor.