Representatives from more than 50 countries participated in the second parliamentary summit of the International Crimean Platform in Prague today. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a “complete end to the occupation” of his country’s lands in a video address to delegates.
The more countries stand with Ukraine, the sooner Russian aggression can be ended. He called on parliamentarians to take additional measures to prevent circumvention of Western sanctions against Russia and to take measures against Russian propaganda.
Zelensky highlighted the successful Ukrainian drone and missile attacks on Russian bases in Crimea, which prompted the Russian fleet to “gradually flee Crimea.” He pointed to Russian plans to establish a new naval base in the breakaway region of Abkhazia from Georgia on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. “We will reach them there too,” Zelensky said.
The leaders of both houses of Parliament, President of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) and President of the Federal Council Claudia Arba (SPÖ), had announced their presence from Austria. Many other countries were also represented by their parliamentary presidents.
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