The Ukrainian embassy said Ireland was “literally at the forefront of European countries” in providing “overwhelming and practical support” to its people.
In a tweet sent out tonight, the country’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said: “There is no doubt that Ireland is at the forefront within the EU and beyond, providing essential support to Ukraine in all possible ways.”
According to RTÉ News, both President Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Shmygal are “unambiguous and clear” on this.
The embassy said in a statement: “We would like to pay special tribute to the Irish people for their tremendous response, generosity, hospitality and willingness to provide protection to Ukrainians.
“We look forward to hearing more messages from the President of Ukraine on April 6 as he addresses Oireachta homes.”
We are grateful to our Irish partners for joining the Group of Friends of Accountability today. There is no doubt that Ireland is at the forefront within the EU and beyond, providing essential support to Ukraine in all possible ways 🇺🇦🇮🇪 @simoncoveney https://t.co/Ewu0MDPOaJ
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 25, 2022
This comes as Tasoieach Micheál Martin today dismissed suggestions that President Zelensky believes Ireland is not supporting his country’s struggle for survival.
Addressing an EU summit in Brussels via video link, President Zelensky highlighted special praise for Poland and the three Baltic member states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – for their unwavering support of his country’s resistance to the Russian invasion.
He suggested EU leaders France and Germany could do more to help.
Mr Zelensky ended his summary of how he perceives Member States’ support for Ukraine by saying: “Luxembourg – we understand each other. Cyprus – I truly believe you are with us. Italy – thanks for your support! Spain – we” will find common ground Belgium – we will find arguments Austria together with the Ukrainians is a chance for you, I’m sure.
He then turned to Ireland as follows: “Ireland – well, almost.”
This indicated that the pressured Ukrainian leader felt that this country was not providing enough support.
En route to the second day of the summit, the Taoiseach dismissed suggestions that Ireland had been “chosen”.
“That wouldn’t have been my reading. He was actually talking about the European perspective. I would not have taken the same perspective that some might take from it,” Mr Martin told reporters.
The Taoiseach continued to insist that his talks with President Zelenskyy had gone well and positively. “I spoke to him last week and he gave great praise to Ireland’s contribution, both from a humanitarian perspective and in terms of our clear support for Ukraine’s application to join the European Union,” Mr Martin said.
“And he thanked me personally for my personal commitment to it. So I’m not going to speculate on whatever you would glean from the use of the word ‘almost’ or ‘practical’ – and I wouldn’t overdo it, to be honest.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/ukrainian-embassy-says-ireland-at-forefront-of-european-countries-providing-support-after-zelensky-comments-41488712.html The Ukrainian embassy says Ireland is “among the top European countries” in providing support following Zelenskyy’s comments