The situation in Donbas "is not a frozen conflict, it
is a real war. This is the region where the military operations are being conducted
in the format of the continuing war", Minister for Foreign Affairs of
Luxembourg Jean Asselborn stated after his trip to Shyrokyno in the framework of the joint visit of the
Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Luxembourg to Mariupol
on March 13th. The Minister also said that the destructions caused
by the Russian artillery he saw in Shyrokyno reminded
him of "being near the Iraqi city of Mosul. The difference is in the fact
that there are no refugee camps".
During the visit to Mariupol J.Asselborn met with the Head of the regional military and
civil administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi and the Mayor of
Mariupol Vadym Boychenko who briefed him on social and economic situation
in the region that suffered from the Russian aggression. Jean Asselborn announced the Government of Luxembourg pledge to
provide 500,000 euros for humanitarian aid for
residents of the Donetsk region affected by the war. This aid will be provided
through the Red Cross and UNICEF.
In Dnipro Minister Asselborn visited the Mechnykov
hospital that provides medical treatment for Ukrainian soldiers wounded in the
ATO. The Minister said that Luxembourg would find a way to grant targeted
assistance to the hospital.
While in Kyiv (March 14) Foreign Minister of Luxembourg was
received by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and First Vice Prime
Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv; he also held
meetings in the Ukrainian Parliament.
In the context of discussions on the international support
for Ukraine and its territorial integrity, Minister Asselborn
also declared that "Ukraine should remain a priority [of the European
agenda]" and "Luxembourg is steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s
independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity".
The progress in systemic reforms in
Ukraine, particularly in the context of the implementation of the Ukraine–EU
Association Agreement, as well as of the application of the DCFTA were
the focal topics of the meetings. Minister Asselborn
made a special emphasis on the necessity of sustained efforts in judicial
reform and countering corruption in Ukraine.