A candle for Ukraine

Tonight at 20.00 we will light candles in solidarity with Ukraine in the windows of the Swedish Residence. Following the message from President Komorowski. Joining all Poles doing the same. The solidarity shown with Ukraine here in Poland is impressive. The same can be said about the tireless efforts made by representatives of Poland to contribute to a peaceful solution leading Ukraine on the road to a brighter, democratic, prosperous future.

The pictures from Kiev these last day were just appalling. Peacefully moving people being shot at, and in several cases, killed by snipers.

The reaction from the European Union yesterday was very clear: “to introduce targeted sanctions including asset freeze and visa ban aganst those responsible for human rights violations, violence and use of excessive force.”

In the message of Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Wednesday morning in the Swedish Parliament I noted especially the following concluding remarks: “…the outcome of the violence will be precarious and short-lived. It will die away like a storm on the steppes. What has happened, and is happening, in Ukraine also demonstrates the power of the European dream. A Europe of peace and freedom and cooperation. And sooner or later, it will triumph in Ukraine too.” http://www.government.se/sb/d/7967/a/234443

The news coming in from Ukraine when these lines are written gives, as it seems, some room for hope. The EU Ministers including the Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski might have been able to broker an agreement.

We can just pray that it will come true. And that promises will be kept this time.

I have visited Kiev many times. I love the city. Ukraine is a wonderful country with a great potential.

Its people deserves to be given a real chance to create a better life for themselves. Together with us, their fellow Europeans.

Tonight I will light a candle for Ukraine.


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