War in Ukraine dominates Dutch Liberation Working day speeches

Mark Rutte satisfies guests at the Den Bosch freedom festival. Image: Robin van Lonkhuijzen ANP

Prime minister Mark Rutte kicked off an afternoon of celebration on Thursday by indicating that peace and liberty can’t be taken for granted.

‘This Liberation Working day, we really feel what a privilege it is to reside listed here in freedom… even extra so than in other several years,’ Rutte mentioned on Twitter. ‘Just a limited flight absent, the persons of Ukraine are fighting for their liberty.’

Nowadays, the key minister stated, ‘we celebrate that we can reside in independence here in the Netherlands. And our views are with the people in Ukraine and in all individuals other areas in the environment who are now battling to be cost-free. The Liberation Flame burns for them nowadays much too.’

Rutte was in Den Bosch the place he lit the flexibility flame at the 1st of the 14 formal festivals getting location all over the state. Hundreds of other events and ceremonies celebrating Liberation Working day are underway as well.

Defence minister Kajsa Ollongren who attended the army parade in Wageningen, the place the Nazis signed the capitulation order on May 5, 1945, also referred to Ukraine in her speech.

The war in Ukraine, she claimed, ‘is confronting us with the reality that war has under no circumstances been absent.’

‘Today we celebrate our freedom, in the expertise that in Ukraine there is no songs, but the sound of air raid sirens, rocket assaults and artillery hearth. The folks of Ukraine are combating for their independence and the values that bind us all,’ she said.

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