Kyiv, 11 March 2023 (TDI): Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin visited Ukraine at the invitation of Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. The Finnish Prime Minister asserted that Ukraine’s future belongs in Europe.

The visit marked unshakable support for Ukraine by Finland and Europe.  Prime Minister Marin met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian leadership during her visit.

The Finnish Prime Minister was briefed about Ukraine’s devastation in aftermath of the war by President Zelenskyy. The Ukrainian President highlighted the immediate need for support and assistance.

Finland extended unwavering support for Ukraine bilaterally and through European Union for as long as necessary.

Prime Minister Marin emphasized the urgent need to deliver defense material to Ukraine to elevate Europe’s defense industry enabling the joint procurement of munitions.

Finland announced a support package worth EUR 29 million. The package will primarily focus on education, environment, and radiation safety.

Finland is also preparing for new development projects with Ukraine. The Prime Minister expressed Finland’s long-term support for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

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Both the leaders discussed and agreed on the accountability of Russian leadership for its aggression against Ukraine and for violating international laws.

The Finnish Prime Minister discussed the matter of accountability with Oleksandra Matviichuk, who is heading the Center for Civil Liberties.

Prime Minister Marin said, “Russia and its representatives must be held accountable for the crime of aggression, war crimes, and for the consequences of the war.

Finland is participating in a core group of 20 countries that are seeking ways to hold Russia accountable.”

Furthermore, Finland assured of its support to President Zelensky’s peace initiative and its implementation, in relation to radiation safety and environmental damage.

Finnish Minister of Environment and Climate Change Maria Ohisalo also participated in the official visit.

She signed two memoranda of understanding with Ukraine, intending to help and monitor the state of the environment, reconstruct the country and implement the green transition.

Prime Minister Marin also visited a military hospital and a school in Irpin. She stated that she has brought a clear message of hope for the reconstruction of Ukraine and for its bright European future.