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We stand firm in our support for Ukraine

Heading into the third winter of Russia’s full-scale war of aggression, we stand firm in our commitment to long-term political, financial, and military support to Ukraine.

Not for the first time, and quite likely not the last, we have reached a critical point in time for Ukraine, for Europe, and for the world at large. The people of Ukraine every day earn well-deserved admiration for their resilience against the illegal Russian aggression, despite terrible sacrifices. And we remain steadfast in our commitment for long-term support to Ukraine and its people as they defend their freedom, their democracy and their future. Lessening support to Ukraine now is not an option.

As the war approaches its two-year mark, we stand firm in our commitments. Russia is eager, willing, and able to exploit any signs of weakness or division, imaginary or real. We must continue to speak up and act against Russia’s illegal war of aggression, which constitutes a serious violation of international law, including the UN Charter. An international order based on international law must be upheld. It is in the interest of all states. Otherwise, we run the risk of a world with less freedom and less security for decades, if not generations, to come.

Therefore we must continue to ramp up our defense industrial production, keep contributing to Ukraine’s long-term security, bolster short-term civilian and humanitarian aid as well as the reconstruction efforts, and support their pursuit of a just peace.

A war with Russia is not won without weapons. Ukraine needs the tools to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. And we must continue to deliver what Ukraine needs.
Ukraine’s fight for freedom is our fight as well. And as their stakes and sacrifices today are so much higher than ours, the onus is on us to assist with all we can. Ukraine’s resilience is of crucial importance for international security.

Human dignity, freedom, and justice are not negotiable. We will not allow an aggressor to dictate the terms of European security.

The Ukrainians fight courageously for their country’s very existence. For universal values, for freedom, for democracy, and for the right to decide one’s own future. Over the last 22 months, they have inspired and impressed the world and continues to do so.

Ukraine needs our friendship, our partnership, our solidarity more than ever. Their fight for freedom and our shared security depends on our perseverance in staying the course.

We stand firm in our support for Ukraine.