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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"

During his working visit to Romania, First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Kornienko met with the Speaker of the Senate of the Romanian Parliament Florin Citu.

The three Commissioners are taking part in the mission Erik Mose (Chairperson), Jasminka Dzumhur and Pablo de Greiff.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, gave an interview to the Ukrinform news agency, in which he called on the Dutch authorities to support Ukraine in its European integration aspirations, listening to the wishes of its people.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, held a working meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, Vera Bergkamp, ??and the Speaker of the Senate, Jan Anthonie Bruijn.

Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk met with a delegation of the European Interparliamentary Network United for Ukraine (U4U).

Members of the Parliamentary Committee of the EU-Ukraine Association adopted a joint statement based on the results of the 14th meeting, which took place in Strasbourg on June 8-9, 2022.

"My call to be interested in Ukraine is sent to the whole world because we defend not only European but also world values, world law, and order.” – Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, emphasized this in an interview with Ukrainian Week.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, delivers a speech at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (Strasbourg, France).

During a telephone conversation, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk called on the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to support Ukraine on its European integration path.

Ukraine needs an honest and fair investigation and verdict of the International Criminal Court because unpunished evil will return a hundredfold, – emphasized the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, at a press conference in the Senate of the French Republic.

"We greatly appreciate Slovenia's support at this difficult time, when the russian federation is waging a full-scale war against Ukraine," Olena Kondratiuk said.

“There are currently three important fronts in Ukraine: military, economic, and diplomatic. On all these fronts, Estonia is together with Ukraine "– the First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko met with the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia Hanno Pevkur.

In an interview with the French channel BFM, Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, called on Europeans to react more actively to the events in Ukraine.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier during his working visit to Germany.

During his visit to Germany, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament met with German parliamentarians and government officials who directly influence decisions on arms supplies to Ukraine.

The First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held a working meeting with the delegation of the ruling party of the Republic of Korea, "People's Power.

Photo credits: Maurizio Gambarini

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, met with the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz.

Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, took part in a special sitting of the German Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs and the German Bundestag Committee on European Affairs with the participation of the President of the German Bundestag Barbel Bas.

This was emphasized during the meeting between the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Olena Kondratiuk, and the Speaker of the Spanish Congress Meritxell Batet Lamana.

Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Olena Kondratiuk, began her working trip to Spain with a meeting with Emma Aparici, Director of the Foreign Policy Department of the Spanish Government

First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Korniyenko: The issue of Ukraine was perhaps the most important at the last session of the NATO PA.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, began his working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany with a meeting with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Tobias Lindner, Member of the Bundestag.

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk held a meeting with Mark Daly, Speaker of the Upper House of the Irish Parliament, and Sean O’Farrell, Speaker of the Lower House of the Irish Parliament.

Almost 15 speakers have already responded to the appeal to foreign colleagues and deputies to visit Ukraine and see the consequences of the war with their own eyes – stated Ruslan Stefanchuk on the live UA Together TV Marathon, emphasizing the value of parliamentary diplomacy.

Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk: "The President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher, accepted my invitation to visit Ukraine.

Abolishing the parliamentary immunity, starting a real fight against Russian collaborators, launching the "Great Construction" of the country, introducing digitalization, etc.

On the air of the telethon "UA together," The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, commented on the Ukrainian Parliament's decision to confiscate the property of individuals and legal entities of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and described the mechanisms of the rule's implementation.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with Melinda Simmons, UK Ambassador to Ukraine

During his working visit, Oleksandr Korniyenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, held a meeting with Mart Volmer, Deputy Minister for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.

Together we will rebuild Ukraine, - Oleksandr Kornienko and the Ukrainian delegation met with the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia.

First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Kornienko and the Head of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with the Republic of Estonia Arsenii Pushkarenko, together with members of the Ukrainian delegation, met with the Minister of Culture of Estonia Tiit Terik during their working visit.

They discussed, in particular, the introduction of sanctions on Russian energy, economic and humanitarian aid, and inter-parliamentary cooperation.

In particular, Oleksandr Korniyenko and Hanno Pevkur discussed the issues of assistance in demining territories, providing temporary housing for Ukrainians, and identifying the bodies of the dead.

During her working visit to the Republic of Estonia, Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk met with Speaker of the Riigikogu Yuri Ratas.

A working group has been set up in the Verkhovna Rada with a step-by-step plan for implementing Ukraine's EU membership program

Oleksandr Korniyenko discussed an increase in military assistance to Ukraine with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia

Oleksandr Korniyenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Co-Chair of the NATO-Ukraine Interparliamentary Council (UNIC), took part in an extraordinary meeting of this organization, which took place today in Lviv.

During his visit to the Republic of Estonia, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko visited e-Estonia Briefing Center.

Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk held a meeting with German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhuzen and congratulated the Ambassador on her return to Kyiv and the resumption of the full-fledged work of the German diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital.

An exhibition of photographs and icons dedicated to Russia's aggression against Ukraine was opened on May 17 at the European Parliament.

After visiting Bucha and Borodyanka, following a meeting with Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, members of the Government, the military, members of the global network of parliament members "United for Ukraine" (U4U) agreed on a joint statement.

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic held a meeting in the Parliament of Ukraine. They discussed issues of military assistance to Ukraine, the introduction of total embargo on Russian energy, recognition of the genocide of the Ukrainian people committed by Russia; and Croatia's experience in joining the EU.

Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, discussed with Kristina Kvien, Charge d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine, the sanctions policy against russia, the activities of the Ukrainian Parliament during martial law and the reconstruction of Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted a meeting between Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and the "United for Ukraine" (U4U) global network of parliament members to discuss military assistance to Ukraine, the introduction of the sixth package of sanctions against russia and bringing those responsible to justice.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk thanked the President of the German Bundestag Berbel Bass for her visit to Ukraine, which has become another page in the ongoing dialogue between the two parliaments.

First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Oleksandr Korniyenko, President of the Storting of the Kingdom of Norway Masud Garakhkani and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Anniken Huitfeldt witnessed the consequences of the occupation of the cities of Kyiv region - Bucha and Irpen.

During the speech in the Riigikogu, the Second Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Olena Kondratiuk, thanked Estonia for its consistent support of the investigation into crimes committed by russians in Ukraine, in particular, the work of the International Criminal Court.

During her working visit to the Republic of Estonia, Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk met with Speaker of the Riigikogu Yuri Ratas.

Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratyuk held a working meeting with the Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Inara Murniece.

During her working visit, Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratyuk met with President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits.

"On behalf of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the entire Ukrainian nation, I would like to thank your Parliament, which on April 21st, 2022, was the first in the world to recognize russia's war crimes against Ukraine as genocide. Just as Estonia was the first in the world in 1993 to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people, "said Olena Kondratiuk, Second Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada, during a speech at the Riigikogu.

Address of the Deputy Char person of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Olena Kondratyuk to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

On 8 May 2022, Colonel Oleksandr Sergeyev, Commander of the Kharkiv Armed Forces, Serhiy Melnyk, Brigadier General, Chief of the Kharkiv Garrison, Roman Semenukha, Deputy Chairman of the Kharkiv Region Military Administration, and Maria Mezentseva, Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration with the European Union, met in Kharkiv with Urmas Reinsalu, former Estonian Defence Minister.

On May 6, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine chairs met with a delegation of the United for Ukraine (U4U) global network of parliamentarians.

On May 6, 2022, in Kyiv, the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine made a joint statement in support of Ukraine following the visit of a delegation of European parliamentarians to Ukraine.

Oleksandr Kornienko, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, met with a delegation of members of the parliaments of the EU member states (GLOBSEC), who visited Kyiv today and the affected districts of the Kyiv region.

Olena Kondratyuk, Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, visited the cities of Kyiv Region - Irpin and Bucha - liberated from the russian invaders. She was accompanied by Igor Grosu, the President of the Moldovan Parliament.

During a meeting with Friedrich Merz, the Chairman of the German Christian Democratic Union, Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, thanked his German counterpart for the timely visit to Kyiv and the constant support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

When the war is over… Everyone tries to put some vision of their future in the second part of this sentence. We have reconsidered and changed our priorities so much since 24 February 2022. In fact, only a peaceful sky, health, a warm hearted look of a person you care about and a place called home. All this used to be just enough for happiness.

The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk together with the President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Representatives of the Ukrainian Government met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who visited Kyiv together with the Congress delegation.

The draft resolution "On the Address of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States Congress on Recognition of the russian federation as a Sponsor of Terrorism" has been registered in the Parliament of Ukraine.

Parliament has passed with 344 votes a resolution calling the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States Congress to recognize Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

On the eve of Victory Day, Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution "On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazism and the inadmissibility of the Russian Federation's appropriation of the victory over Nazism." Resolution was supported by 290 MPs.

Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, discussed the humanitarian, economic and security needs of Ukraine with Andreas Norlen, the Speaker of the Riksdag of Sweden.

STATEMENT BY CHAIRS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES CALLING FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk met with the Romanian delegation headed by Prime Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciuca to discuss issues of further military assistance to Ukraine, economic security and post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.

"I appreciate the support of the European Parliament in Ukraine's European integration aspirations," said Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, after meeting with MEPs Guy Verhofstadt of Belgium, Luis Garicano of Spain, Petras Austrevicius of Lithuania and Ramona Strugariu of Romania.

During a joint briefing with the speakers of the parliaments of North Macedonia, Switzerland, and Romania, Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, outlined five main and essential areas of assistance to Ukraine from the world that are important for our victory over the aggressor.

Speakers of three European Parliaments visited the cities of Irpin and Hostomel near Kyiv, which were devastated during the Russian occupation. Talat Xhaferi of North Macedonia, Florin Kitsu of Romania, and Irene Kallin from Switzerland made the journey together with Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

The russians have to understand that every diplomatic communication has a corridor. With each such Bucha, each such Irpen, each such Borodyanka, Hostomel, Stoyanka this corridor becomes more and more narrow. This was emphasized by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk in an interview to RBC-Ukraine.

To win in international courts, it is necessary that the facts of russia's crimes be recognised by the world not just as war crimes, but as elements of genocide - Oleksandr Kornienko, First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, emphasised during the live broadcast of Ukraine 24 Freedom TV channel.

During the working visit and participation in the summit of women speakers of the EU countries, the Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada got acquainted with the work of border checkpoints and assistance centres for the Ukrainians who have received temporary protection in the European Union.

APPEAL Of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the International Olympic Committee and the governing bodies of international sports federations on the recommendation on the ban on the participation of athletes of the russian federation and the Republic of Belarus in international competitions and the exclusion of citizens of the russian federation and the Republic of Belarus from the governing bodies of these organisations

Olena Kondratyuk, Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, is taking part in the Summit of Women Speakers of the European Parliaments, which is currently taking place in Poland, at the invitation of the Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Elzbieta Witek.

We need not partial, but strong, economically strong sanctions that can break the economic backbone of the killing machine. This was stated by Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, during a joint visit with journalists to Borodyanka, Bucha and Irpin together with the Speaker of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milos Vystrcil and the Marshal of the Senate of Poland Tomasz Grodzki.

Statement of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, national minorities and interethnic relations regarding the exclusion of russia from the UN Security Council.

The Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy informs about the state of affairs on the touristic front

Ruslan Stefanchuk, The Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, noted on his Facebook page that the goal of russia's military aggression against Ukraine is the systematic and consistent slaughter and extermination of the Ukrainian people, their identity and deprivation of their right to self-determination and independent development. According to him, the world must recognise the genocide of the Ukrainian people during the Russian invasion in 2022.

Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, met with a delegation of Members of the European Parliament, National Parliaments of the EU Member States and members of the European Liberal Political Family of the ALDE.

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