Latvia’s Saeima Speaker visits de-occupied settlements in Chernihiv region

Latvia’s Saeima Speaker visits de-occupied settlements in Chernihiv region

Together with Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk, Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Edvards Smiltēns visited the Chernihiv region’s de-occupied settlements.

In particular, the parties came to such settlements as Kipti, Ivanivka and Yahidne, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

They had to stay in a bomb shelter during the air raid alert, and also examined a basement in Yahidne, where Russians used to keep local residents during occupation.

The delegation could see the civilian houses destroyed, where renovation works had already started.

According to Smiltēns, providing assistance to the Chernihiv region is a separate item in the new collation agreement signed in the Parliament of Latvia.

On behalf of the Parliament of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, Kondratiuk thanked Smiltēns for Latvia’s comprehensive aid.

Kondratiuk also expressed hope for further cooperation between the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia in two areas.

“Firstly, the establishment of a special international tribunal to punish all those responsible for Russia’s crime of aggression: political and military leadership, government officials, members of parliament – everyone. Secondly, the implementation of legal mechanisms that should be applied to seize the frozen Russian assets and use them to pay compensation for the damage caused to Ukraine. The confiscated Russian funds must reach each Ukrainian, each family that had been affected by Russian aggression and terrorist attacks,” Kondratiuk stressed.

She mentioned that Estonia had already launched this process, and the Ukrainian side believes Latvia will also join these efforts.


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