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During her conversation with Diana Nausėdienė, Olena Zelenska thanked the Lithuanian people

2022-05-06

On Friday, the First Lady of Lithuania, Diana Nausėdienė, met remotely with the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska.

This is the first public video conference of the First Lady of Ukraine during the entire period of war in Ukraine.

During the conversation, Olena Zelenska, on behalf of herself and all Ukrainians, thanked Lithuania for its wide range of assistance, including hosting war refugees, providing them with social and educational services, as well as emotional support. She also congratulated the Lithuanian people on the upcoming Europe Day and expressed her hope to visit Lithuania as soon as possible.

“The people of Lithuania support your heroic struggle. It is an example for our people – the whole of Lithuania has mobilized itself and stands together. We are grateful to every Ukrainian who is determined to stand firm for what is important to them – their land, their homeland, their loved ones – with their hearts and actions. The world sees your heroic struggle for freedom and human rights,” Diana Nausėdienė said.

According to the First Lady of Ukraine, Lithuania’s continued support and assistance to Ukraine is of utmost importance. Mrs. Zelenska stressed that the Ukrainian people have come to see who their friends really are, as more than 50,000 Ukrainians who fled the war now feel safe in Lithuanian.

The First Ladies of Lithuania and Ukraine reviewed their initiative to launch a Ukrainian hub in Vilnius, which will operate under their patronage. It is now in the final stage of establishment. The educational and cultural space will function as a non-academic unit of Vytautas Magnus University. It will serve the entire Ukrainian community in Lithuania, focusing on educational, cultural and social activities.

The hub’s long-term goal is to set up an Institute of Ukraine, to engage in dynamic academic activities, to bring together intellectuals, and to pursue cultural diplomacy in Lithuania and in the international arena by promoting Ukraine, its culture and uniqueness.

The First Ladies of Lithuania and Ukraine also discussed the humanitarian situation arising from the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine, further assistance to war-affected Ukrainians in Lithuania, as well as the integration of Ukrainian children, with special focus on the improvement of their emotional state and health.

During their remote meeting, Mrs. Nausėdienė and Mrs. Zelenska underlined the importance of engaging children in educational and other activities in the summertime, as well as setting up joint summer camps for Ukrainian children from the war zone and Lithuanian children.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2022.05.06 22:00

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