VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda vowed to continue providing “every support” to Ukraine as he congratulated the Ukrainians on their Independence Day.
“Lithuania will continue to provide you with every support. Together, we will rebuild Ukraine and work towards making your country part of the Euro-Atlantic community,” the Lithuanian leader said on Thursday as he addressed those gathered in Sophia Square in Kyiv in the Ukrainian language.
“Our vision today is a strong Ukraine in a strong Europe! I believe that Ukraine will one day become a member of both the European Union and NATO. The aggressor will not determine Ukraine’s destiny!” he stressed.
According to Nauseda, “by trampling on the norms of the civilized world, Russia is trying to erase the Ukrainian identity. By killing innocent people, it seeks to destroy the future of Ukraine and Europe.”
“In the eyes of the whole world, you are setting an unparalleled example of courage and resolve… Today, I want to reaffirm that you are not alone. From the very first days of this war, Lithuania has been passionately supporting and firmly standing behind Ukraine,” he emphasized.
He added that Lithuania would never recognize the occupation and annexation of Crimea and other Ukrainian territories.
Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991, after a failed putsch in Moscow.
However, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and launched a military invasion of its neighbor in late February 2022.