On November 25, the Verkhovna Rada held a special meeting dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor. Speakers of several foreign parliaments took part in it, but the deputies especially admired the speech of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Finland, Jussi Halla-aho, because he spoke pure Ukrainian.
He recalled that in 1939 Finland, like Ukraine in 2022, became a victim of Russian imperialist ambitions.
“Despite all the naive optimism, after the Cold War the mentality and character of the Russian state have not changed. Both then and today it does not respect international law or its obligations. It does not value the lives of either its own or others. It believes that it has the right to veto the elections of their neighbors, the right to veto even their existence,” Halla-aho said.
“Russia respects and understands force. Russian imperialism must be responded to with force,” he said.
The Finnish speaker said that his country has sent 20 military aid packages to Ukraine and will support Ukraine for as long as necessary.
“Our parliament, unlike many others, has never issued a declaration on historical events. We don’t even have a procedure for this. But last week, the heads of all nine parliamentary factions, along with the overwhelming majority of deputies, signed a joint statement stating that the Holodomor there is reason to consider the Holodomor a genocide of the Ukrainian people committed by the Soviet government, and it should be called that, that is, genocide,” he added.
After this speech, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk said that Halla-akho has a “brilliant Ukrainian language” and thanked him.
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