Dutch international minister Wopke Hoekstra has officially reopened the Dutch embassy in Kyiv and spoken about the destruction he has witnessed through his small go to to Ukraine.
On arrival, Hoekstra compensated a visit to Irpin, a town exterior Kyiv which was seriously bombarded by the Russians and lies largely in ruins.
‘We have all noticed the images on television… but when you stand here and see how terrible the destruction is, and what an impact it has experienced on the locals… houses, educational facilities, hospitals have been totally ruined,’ Hoekstra stated.
The destruction, he reported, only emphasised the want to keep on offering assist to Ukraine, for as extensive as is essential.
— Wopke Hoekstra (@WBHoekstra) Might 10, 2022
Jan Melissen, an pro in diplomacy who is allied to Leiden and Antwerp universities, informed broadcaster NOS that Hoekstra’s take a look at has an essential symbolic purpose.
‘By likely to Ukraine, western leaders are sending out a message that contradicts Putin, who has much more or much less denied the country’s right to exist,’ he mentioned.
The go to is the to start with by a Dutch minister to Ukraine and will involve a meeting with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy later on in the working day.
Prime minister Mark Rutte is due to deal with the Ukraine parliament by video clip url on Thursday.
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