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The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the delegation of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania headed by the Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte.

In the framework of the working visit to the Republic of Korea, the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko met with Korean scientists and statesmen and the President of the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis.

The Sixth Ukrainian Women’s Congress dedicated to the topic “Values in Time of War” started its work on 28 November in Kyiv. It brought together more than 50 speakers participating in 4 discussion panels and 4 special events.

Since October 2022, the russian federation, headed by the kremlin criminal putin, has repeatedly resorted to new acts of energy terrorism against Ukraine, massively firing missiles and bombing non-military targets throughout the country, the explanatory note to the document says.

Pursuant to the requirements of the European Commission on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, the members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations registered the Draft Law of Ukraine “On National Minorities (Communities) of Ukraine” (Reg. No. 8224).

On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-33, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk emphasized that for Ukraine the correct interpretation of the tragic events of the early 20th century at the world level is a big step in restoring historical justice.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk informed that the Parliament has registered a draft resolution “On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the recognition of the russian regime as a terrorist one, illegitimacy of the russian federation’s membership in the United Nations and its reform, responsibility of members of russian political parties that support aggression”.

The Ukrainian parliamentary delegation headed by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko took part in the dialogue session of the Ukrainian delegation with the parliamentarians of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), which was held on the sidelines of the 43rd General Assembly of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly).

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with a delegation of Ministers for European Affairs of the EU member states headed by Federal Minister for EU and Constitutional Affairs of the Republic of Austria Karoline Edtstadler.

The Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk took part in a working meeting with European colleagues, which took place today not in the parliament, but in a bomb shelter.

Statement by First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko at the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN MA from Ukraine .

The parliamentary delegation headed by First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko, which also includes members of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Policy and Interparliamentary Cooperation: Chairman of the Committee Oleksandr Merezhko and member of the Committee Olha Rudenko, started their work at the 43rd General Assembly of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly) in Cambodia.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk commented on the Resolution “On the Appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Parliaments of the World on the Recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as Genocide of the Ukrainian People” adopted today at the plenary session.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk and First Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Oleksandr Korniienko met with the delegation of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania headed by the Speaker of the Seimas Victoria Cmilyte-Nielsen. At the beginning of the meeting Ruslan Stefanchuk thanked his Lithuanian colleagues for the steady and reliable support of Ukraine from the first days of the war both in the domestic and international arenas.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held a media briefing on the results of two days of the High-Level Multilateral Dialogue “Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and the way forward in the post-war period” in Strasbourg, France.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine delivered a welcoming speech within the framework of his working visit to Strasbourg at the opening of the High-Level Multilateral Dialogue “Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and the way forward in the post-war period”.

“To defend as bravely as Ukrainians fight: from the military to a child in kindergarten. To defend every time when a threat to democracy appears,” the First Vice Speaker emphasized during his speech at the tenth annual World Forum for Democracy “Democracy: New Hope?” during his working visit to Strasbourg, France.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko, who is on a working visit to Strasbourg (France) on November 7-9, addressed the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

This was stated by Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk during the telethon “UA together”.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk congratulated the European community on the anniversary of the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty, which founded the EU.

On Tuesday, November 1, the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko held a working meeting with the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson.

Head of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Vyacheslav Shtuchny and Secretary General of the Croatian Parliament Davor Orlovic signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on October 26 in Zagreb (Croatia).

Speech of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, at the First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimean Platform (Zagreb, October 25, 2022)

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, during the first day of the First Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea Platform in Zagreb, Croatia, held a meeting with pro-Ukrainian Crimean activists. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, President of the German Bundestag Barbel Bas and First Vice-President of the European Parliament Othmar Karas also joined the event.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk emphasized this during a briefing to journalists after the opening of a memorial sculptural composition to Ivan Franko in the city of Lovran

This is how the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk commented on the decision of the European Union to organize and finance the Aid Program for Ukraine in the winter period.

"The next step that we are planning and will work on with our colleagues before the next Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which will take place in the spring, is the exclusion of the russian federation from this organization," First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko emphasized on the air of the national telethon, talking about the results of the working trip to Africa.

Speech of the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko at the 145th Assembly meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Tuesday, 11 October 2022 - Saturday, 15 October 2022, Kigali, Rwanda.

The Ukrainian delegation to the 145th Assembly of the IPU, headed by the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko, passed a Resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine and attempts to annex Ukrainian territories.

"Recognition of a terrorist state or, in some countries, recognition of a state sponsor of terrorism is an according legal status," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine noted on the air of the national "UA Together" telethon.

The Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Olena Kondratiuk met in Brussels with the President of the European Parliament, "sincere friend and sister of Ukraine" Roberta Metsola.

The Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk took part in the meeting of women leaders of EU parliaments on the humanitarian situation and assistance to Ukrainian refugees in the EU member states.

ADDRESS ON BEHALF OF CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE VERKHOVNA RADA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTER-PARLIAMENTARY COOPERATION TO THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED NATIONS MEMBER STATES

"Crimea is Ukraine, the Kuril Islands are Japan. Territories stolen by russia around the world should be returned.» Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk stated after adopting the appeal to the international community regarding the Northern Territories of Japan.

"During these days in Germany, I had a chance to hold 9 bilateral meetings, most of them with my colleagues, speakers of G7 member states' parliaments.» Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine informed.

"Get up! Break the shackles...", — this is how the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, commented on the social network about the adoption of Resolution No. 8105: "On the Address of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the International Community.»

Address of the Deputy Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament to the participants of the G20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, commented on the main task of the First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimean Platform, which will be holding on at the end of October in Croatia.

«russia and its agents of influence in the EU have activated the topic of a ceasefire and negotiations.

"Ukraine came to the defense of European democracy, freedom, and peace. And we pay an extremely high price for it. We are grateful to Germany for the provided weapons and financial assistance. And I urge you to continue supporting Ukraine!» Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk stated this during a meeting with the Federal Minister of Finance of Germany, Christian Lindner, and the Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, Marco Buschmann.

First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko held a meeting with the delegation of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the British Parliament.

«Despite the statements of some political forces, the draft Law on Media was adopted as a basis.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, as part of a working visit to the Republic of Poland, met with the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Tomasz Grodzki.

The first deputy speaker of the The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniienko, the heads of the Comities and the heads of the parliamentary delegations of Ukraine in international institutions turned in an open letter to the cult American professor Timothy D. Snyder. The open letter addressed a request to support the research in the scientific circles on the illegality of Russian occupation of the USSR’s place in the UN Security Council and the organization itself.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk is on a working visit to the Republic of Poland.

At the next plenary session, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine plans to consider the draft law on combating money laundering following the standards of the International Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as required by the European Commission, said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk in a comment to the Interfax-Ukraine agency".

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, wrote about this on his page on the social network, commenting on the holding of the second summit of the Crimean Platform.

First Deputy Chairman Oleksandr Korniienko had meeting with a delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland.

«The EU flag in the walls of the Parliament is not only an honor for us but also an obligation to fulfill all requirements to start negotiations on Ukraine's EU membership by the end of the year.» Ruslan Stefanchuk noted this during a meeting with the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas.

The Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk joined to participate in the second summit of the Crimean Platform at the initiative of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

«Ukraine needs more weapons because supplies of Western heavy weapons can strategically break the Russian offensive.» stressed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during a telephone conversation with the President of the German Bundestag Berbel Bas.

First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Korniyenko, took part in a meeting with a delegation of deputies of the interparliamentary network of EU member states "United for Ukraine" (U4U, "United for Ukraine").

Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the delegation of the United for Ukraine (U4U) network.

«I do not know a single crime that Russia has not committed on our land.» stressed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk during the working meeting with the delegation of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

"The Ukrainian nation has united in the face of the threat and defends its right to its own future," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, emphasized in his welcoming speech at the opening of the V International Forum "Where we are, there is Ukraine. Defenders Roll call".

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine called on the world community to recognize russia's actions on the territory of the ZNNP as an act of nuclear terrorism. People's deputies supported the relevant Resolution.

The Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke about the work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine under martial law:

«Next will be consideration of the draft law on the introduction of competitive selection of judges of the Constitutional Court.» said Ruslan Stefanchuk on the "UA Razom."

"Everyone has already understood that russia must be separated from the civilized world. We all understand that russian society is terminally ill and is a carrier of the virus of the "russian world," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, emphasized on the national telethon "UA Together."

President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola joined the celebration of the Statehood Day of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada via video conference.

"For 170 days, the whole world has been watching how the Ukrainian people and the army heroically and victoriously defend their lands and European borders from the bloody embrace of the "russian world", – stressed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk on the national telethon "UA Together".

We are preparing an active parliamentary sector within the framework of this year's "Crimean Platform" and will fight to keep the world's attention focused on Ukraine

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, met with representatives of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine on the occasion of the third anniversary of the establishment of the Educational Center of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

"The status of a state sponsor of terrorism is enshrined in the legislation of the United States of America, so it is important that the United States itself recognizes russia as such," stressed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, in a comment to the Interfax-Ukraine agency.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, called on the international community to strengthen efforts to protect the Ukrainian crop, which Russia is destroying with missile attacks.

"All branches of government have worked out the first plan of our progress towards obtaining membership – agreed and coordinated their opportunities," the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, emphasized on the United News telethon (#UArazom).

Address of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on the anniversary of the tragedy of flight MH17

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, together with the Executive Committee of the National Parliamentary Group in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held a working meeting with the delegation of the Working Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk held a working meeting with representatives of the diplomatic missions of the G7 countries and the European Union.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, held a working meeting with the Chairman of the Senate of the French Republic, Gerard Larcher

This was stated by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Korniyenko, during the visit of the French delegation led by the Chairman of the Senate of the French Republic Gerard Larcher to the de-occupied Borodyanka in the Kyiv region.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk joined the online conference dedicated to the centenary of diplomatic relations between the USA and Lithuania.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, held a working meeting with the Chairman of the Senate of the French Republic, Gerard Larcher

Oleksandr Korniyenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, addressed the participants of the practical seminar "Croatia's experience during the period of accession to the EU. The role of the Parliament of Croatia" with an introductory speech.

«I want to assure everyone: our relations with European partners will be honest and transparent. Otherwise, we will never rebuild our country.» Said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - Ruslan Stefanchuk, commenting to journalists on the process of reconstruction of Ukraine, which plan was presented in Lugano, Switzerland, at the International Conference on Reconstruction of Ukraine (URC2022).

"In the near future, we must draw up a joint road map, how the Parliament of Ukraine should move, what acts and standards of the EU it should implement, and which laws," said the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, expressing confidence that "by the end of the summer, Ukraine will have this road map."

Ruslan Stefanchuk Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, took part in the opening of the "Parliament and Restoration" conference.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, in an interview with the Rada TV channel, spoke about the results of the two-day Ukraine Recovery International Conference held in the Swiss city of Lugano.

President Zelenskyy, dear Volodymyr, Chairman Stefanchuk, Prime Minister Shmyhal, Members of the government, Honourable Members of the Rada, Duzhe dyakuyu, thank you so much for inviting me to address this special session. Just days ago, on Constitution Day, President Zelenskyy, you said that your ‘victory is not far off'.

On July 1, within the walls of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal put their signatures under a joint statement certifying Ukraine's readiness to become a full member of the European Union.

A new history of Ukraine and the European Union has begun. We are not side by side now, we are together now. Not two neighbors, between which are borders and barriers, but one European family, which has common values and a common destiny. And it's not just words, it's not declarative, it's not some expectations or some political calculation there, it's a legally fixed status.

Today, a solemn installation of the flag of the European Union took place in the meeting hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. From now on, the EU flag will stand next to the yellow-blue flag as a symbol of Ukraine's desire to become a full member of the European family and to adopt the necessary European integration laws as soon as possible.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, met with the German delegation led by Deputy Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs, Thomas Erndl.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the delegation of the interparliamentary group "Republic of Austria - Ukraine" of the National Council of the Republic of Austria, headed by Helmut Brandstatter.

Ukrainian women face new challenges in the face of a full-scale russian invasion, but they do not give up and continue to work, care for children and loved ones, and defend Ukraine as we approach our victory.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held a working meeting with the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Margareta Cederfelt.

On the UA Together telethon, Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, congratulated the Ukrainian people on the national holiday – the Constitution Day of Ukraine.

The delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is appalled by what is seen in Bucha and Irpin. This will have a significant impact on the work and agenda of the next session of the Assembly, which is to take place next week.

Parliament will work in a turbo mode so that by 2025 Ukraine fulfills all its obligations for EU membership, announced the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk during the UA Together telethon.

During his working visit, First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko opened a shelter center for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Berezivka Rural Territorial Community in the Zhytomyr Region.

"Incredibly good news for Ukraine! We have the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union!," this was stated by Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk.

The Parliament of Ukraine appeals to the EU member states and its institutions to support granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country for accession to the EU at the summit on June 23-24. The relevant resolution №7471 was adopted today during the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. "For" – 315 deputies.

Today in Ukraine, russia is fighting against European values, which means that any European country that shares the same principles can be the next target for aggression.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Reg. № 0157).

The return of all the territories that Ukraine had at the time of independence, the recognition of the russian federation as an aggressor by the International Criminal Court, and reparations for Ukraine for the destruction caused during the war against Ukraine are issues on the agenda of the world community today.

This was stated by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk in an interview with the leading French-language newspaper La Libre.

First of all, the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine thanked the people of Malta for their support and humanitarian aid: "We hope that one day we will be able to personally thank many Maltese people by inviting them to Ukraine."

Ukraine clearly understands that candidate status is the starting point for further complex paths to full membership. This was emphasized by the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during a working meeting with the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Karl Nehammer.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, addressed the National Council of the Republic of Austria. It is symbolic that this speech took place in the year of the 30th anniversary of the resumption of Ukrainian-Austrian diplomatic relations"

Oleksandr Merezhko

Oleksandr Merezhko, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, on the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Recognition of Crimes of Russian Troops as Genocide

Oleksandr Kornienko, first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Olena Kondratiuk, vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine