Marking one year since Russia initiated its unlawful, full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine, the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament reaffirmed its unconditional and full support to the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom, defending EU values and the European way of life.
The EU must supply more humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine, with due consideration for providing fighter jets and long-range missiles. Moreover, the EU should facilitate a proper path to accession and early start to negotiations, if possible in 2023 accompanied by a gradual but decisive integration of Ukraine into the EU Single Market and key sectoral programmes.
Renew Europe also welcomed the planned 10th sanctions package against Moscow, but noted that a concrete proposal from the European Commission for confiscation and transfer of the frozen Russian assets directly for the recovery-related needs of Ukraine is still needed.
Nathalie Loiseau MEP (L’Europe Ensemble, FR), Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence, said:
“European sanctions intend to put pressure on Russian decision makers and to target Russia’s war efforts. They must be strengthened and fully enforced in the EU. Attention must be paid to third countries intending to help Russia circumvent European sanctions. They have to know that they will face consequences. Additionally, Russian propaganda networks must all be included in an additional package of sanctions.”
Petras Auštrevičius MEP (Liberal Movement, LT), European Parliament Shadow Rapporteur on Ukraine, added:
“A year of full-scale invasion and Russian war of aggression against Ukraine is marked by the extraordinary bravery of Ukrainians, Western unity and our common will for freedom. We have to do all possible for Ukraine’s victory over the terrorist Russia and its accomplices. By standing with Ukraine in its fight for sovereignty and freedom we affirm our democratic commitments. Long live Europe and Slava Ukraini!”
For 365 days, Ukraine has fought Russia's war of aggression to defend their freedom & independence.— Renew Europe (@RenewEurope) February 24, 2023
But they also defend European values & our 🇪🇺 continent!
More than ever, we stand with #Ukraine & its brave people!