Ukraine hopes that North Macedonia will recognize Russian crimes as genocide of the Ukrainian people, Macedonians, like no one else in Europe, probably understand what it means to be humiliated for their identity, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said, Interfax Ukraine reports.
“I would like to express my hope that the Parliament of North Macedonia will decide on the recognition of Russian crimes in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people. Bujar [Osmani] visited the town of Irpin in the morning, he saw what was happening. Macedonians, like no one, probably in Europe, understand what it means to be humiliated for its identity, for its language, for its culture. This is exactly what we are experiencing now. Russia hates not just the neighboring state of Ukraine, Russia destroys Ukrainian identity, it hates and wants to destroy the Ukrainian language, it wants to destroy Ukraine,” Kuleba said at a press conference with Foreign Minister of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani in Kyiv on Friday.
Foreign Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani has visited the town of Irpin outside Kyiv as part of his visit to Ukraine.
“The devastation witnessed today in Irpin is beyond words. Targeting civilians is a war crime and totally unacceptable. The perpetrators must be held accountable,” Osmani wrote on Twitter.
The devastation witnessed tdy in #Irpin is beyond words. Targeting civilians is a war crime and totally unacceptable. The perpetrators must be held accountable. @DmytroKuleba pic.twitter.com/McyF8TCT7Z
— Bujar Osmani (@Bujar_O) May 27, 2022
“The freedom of Macedonia and all other European countries is currently defended in Ukraine and Ukraine deserves all respect, assistance and support because of it,” Osmani said at the joint press conference with his counterpart, Kuleba, in Kyiv today.
Foreign Minister Osmani has reopened the Embassy of North Macedonia in Kyiv today. At the press conference, Osmani emphasized that North Macedonia has supported and joined all measures of condemnation and sanctions against Russia, from the beginning of the invasion.