Estonian PM Kaja Kallas arrives in Zhytomyr

25 April, 05:17 AM
Kaya Kallas and Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Zhytomyr on April 24, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Kaya Kallas and Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Zhytomyr on April 24, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas arrived in Ukraine on April 24, visiting Zhytomyr and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy thanked the PM and the Estonian people for their support of Ukraine and emphasized that Estonia's assistance to Kyiv is one of the largest in the world – when adjusted per capita.

"If every leader and every state showed the same conscientious attitude towards protecting our common freedom on the continent, Russian aggression would have already suffered an obvious defeat," Zelenskyy said during a joint press conference with Kallas in Zhytomyr.

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Zelenskyy praised Estonia's decision to transfer all of its 122mm and 155mm howitzers to Ukraine, as well as the initiative for joint procurement of artillery ammunition for Ukraine by EU countries. Kallas announced that Estonia had made a decision last week to send artillery shells to Ukraine and expressed hope that other EU countries will follow suit soon.

The leaders discussed joint efforts to boost Ukraine's capabilities on the front line, political cooperation, Ukraine's movement towards the EU and NATO, and post-war reconstruction.

Zelenskyy noted that Estonia was the first country to have already begun practical reconstruction of Ukraine's Zhytomyr Oblast. He awarded Kallas the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 2nd class.

"Freedom must overcome tyranny – this is our common goal and our number one priority," said Kallas, adding that her country believes in Ukraine's victory.

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