Ukrainian MP thanks Scotland for supporting his country
Ukraine is “very fortunate” to have friends across Scotland, delegates at the SNP’s annual conference were told.
Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko addressed delegates in Aberdeen on Saturday where she thanked the Scottish people for providing humanitarian aid and welcoming refugees from their country during the Russian invasion.
Ms Vasylenko said: “It is a great honor to be on this stage and to speak at your 88th Scottish National Party Conference.
“It is an even greater honor for me to represent the people of Ukraine on this stage. It’s just that I wish I was speaking to you today as Lesia Vasylenko, Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Chair of the Environmental Subcommittee on Climate Change, about Ukraine’s contribution and influence in addressing global challenges.
“Instead, I am addressing you today as Lesia Vasylenko, a member of a wartime parliament in Ukraine that is fighting very hard for its existence and the physical survival of its people.
“That is first and foremost, but of course we also fight to defend the importance of the concepts of freedom, democracy and human rights.”
Ms Vasylenko said that being an MP in wartime is “tough, it’s frustrating, it’s emotional, it’s a roller coaster ride”.
“Every day it’s a roller coaster ride and so much more than that.
“Most importantly, nowadays it’s just like being Ukrainian. Waking up every day since that awful day on February 24th and making sure you and the people in your house are okay, that you are still alive.
“And then to do one thing, at least one small thing, to make sure the Ukrainians — a nation of 44 million — are alive for that one day too.”
She said her country “admires the courage” of the Scots who have joined the Ukraine International Territorial Defense Battalion.
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