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Kuleba: Russia is fighting for impunity, Ukraine is fighting for justice

On 28 November, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels at the conference “Justice and Responsibility for Russia’s War against Ukraine. Recommendations and the way forward.”
European Parliament. Credit: Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On 28-29 November, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba visits EU and NATO headquarters to discuss Ukraine’s membership in the EU and NATO, Russia’s responsibility for war crimes, and joint production of weapons, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported.

On Tuesday, at the conference “Justice and Responsibility for Russia’s War against Ukraine,” Kuleba said to the diplomats that Putin “hopes that a war of attrition or a frozen conflict will allow him to avoid responsibility for the crimes he has committed.”

“If we allow Russia to avoid justice for its aggression against Ukraine, the world will be forced to deal with three, four, or five wars at the same time,” Kuleba mentioned.

According to the minister, the punishment for the crime of aggression against Ukraine is an inherent component of full and comprehensive accountability, which is one of the key pillars of President Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula’s Point 7, “Restoration of Justice.

“If we let Putin and his associates get away with their crimes, we will condemn our own children to living in a world full of wars and injustice. And this is one of the main reasons why we must put aside all political and legal differences in order to establish a fully functional Special Tribunal for the Crime of Aggression Against Ukraine,” Kuleba mentioned.

After the conference, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kuleba held meetings with EU High Representative Josep Borrelll.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Josep Borrelll, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, in November 2023. Credit: Dmytro Kuleba \ Twitter

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a two-day visit on 28-29 November, the Foreign Ministry reported. According to the report, the purpose of the trip is to mobilize political and military support from EU and NATO member states, advance Ukraine’s accession to both organizations, integrate Ukraine and NATO’s defence industries, and expedite weapons supplies for Ukrainian forces.

Early on 28 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the VR exhibition “Living the war” in the European Parliament, Dmytro Kuleba said on social media.

With the help of VR glasses, the exhibition transports people to Ukraine, to the places where Russian crimes were committed and where they resisted Russian aggression.

“We want diplomats in Brussels and in the European Parliament to feel what Ukrainians have been living for over 600 days,” Kuleba wrote on social media.

On 29 November, Kuleba will attend the first-ever NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting at the NATO foreign ministerial level. The meeting will take place at NATO headquarters alongside talks between the Alliance’s diplomats.

The Foreign Minister plans to update NATO allies on the situation at the front and Ukraine’s top military needs. He will also discuss an adapted Annual National Program for 2024 ahead of next year’s NATO Summit in Vilnius.

In addition, Kuleba has scheduled bilateral meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and foreign ministers of allied countries, the Foreign Ministry reported.

The previous Ukraine’s Foreign Minister’s working trip was on 6 November, when Dmytro Kuleba held his first talks with his South African counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Naledi Pandor. That meeting aimed to bring the two countries’ relationship “to a qualitatively new level.” As a result of the talks, the foreign ministers signed a memorandum on developing cooperation in diplomatic education and research between their departments.

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