Taoiseach Michael Martin has assured the Prime Minister of Ukraine that Ireland will “strongly support” his country’s bid to become an EU member.
Martin said he spoke to the Temple of Denys this evening and the Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked Ireland for its continued support.
In a series of tweets posted this evening, Taoiseach detailed the humanitarian atrocities Mr. Shmyhal said were taking place in Ukraine.
“Just talked to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal. He thanked Ireland for our solidarity, political, economic and humanitarian support in the face of Russian aggression,” Martin wrote.
“Prime Minister Shmyhal said the situation on the ground in Ukraine is extremely difficult and difficult, civilians, including children, are killed in indiscriminate attacks. We agree that politics and dialogue are the only way to end violence.
“I told Denys Shmyhal of our strong support for EU enlargement and Ukraine’s application for membership. The Prime Minister reiterated the leadership’s determination to stay in Ukraine and uphold the rights of its people,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Shmyhal has also tweeted since his discussion with Michael Martin.
“Talked to Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin about Russia’s war against Ukraine. Grateful to Ireland for always supporting and encouraging. Raise the importance of recognizing Ukraine as an EU member,” he wrote.
It happened earlier today that Russian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the European Parliament that people were “fighting for survival”, as his country filed an emergency application to join the EU and called on the West to help to resist Russian aggression.
Currently Ukraine is an associate member of the bloc.
Zelensky’s plea came as Russia was advancing into Kyiv with a convoy of armored vehicles, tanks and other military equipment stretching more than 60 kilometers, according to new satellite images.
As the troops advanced, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that it would launch several attacks on security sites in Kyiv, according to state news agency Tass, according to state news agency Tass.
Mr Zelensky later said he had asked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to help close the skies over Ukraine to prevent Russian shelling of civilians.
Mr. Zelensky said: “Had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Scholz. Talked about Russian shelling of residential areas in Ukrainian cities during peace talks. Emphasizing the need for closures sky for Ukraine”.
He also told Scholz to move quickly towards Ukraine becoming an EU member.
https://www.independent.ie/news/micheal-martin-says-ireland-will-give-strong-support-to-ukraines-eu-membership-bid-41400976.html Michael Martin says Ireland will give ‘strong’ support to Ukraine’s bid for EU membership