Takeaways from Copenhagen Democracy Summit: security, culture, foreign policy
Mykhailo Vydoinyk, The Ambassador of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Denmark: “One of the strongest statements from the summit is that democracy is not something we should take for granted. It should always be protected and defended. We in democracies should always remember that and we should fight to protect it”.
“We should fight for the culture because this is our heart, this is our soul. Without culture and language and traditions we are not Ukrainians”.
“I think everyone agreed that Ukraine cannot lose this war. That’s why everybody should stand with us and continue to deliver weapons".
Oleksandra Ustinova, Ukrainian MP and faction leader of the Holos Party: “The best humanitarian aid today for Ukrainians is weapons. We can keep investing tons of money in generators or building bomb shelters, but one day it will be destroyed”.
“I've had meetings here with Danish parliamentarians, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and I have never seen so much commitment and readiness to support Ukraine. And this is very important for us”.
Hanna Hopko, Co-founder of the International Center for Ukrainian Victory (ICUV): “After the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, I am now more convinced that I am inviting all of you to visit Crimea. Because Chairman Rasmussen was very clear in his message: “ we must give Ukraine the weapon at the level they need to win”. So everyone was talking about Ukrainian victory. I really want to see this victory happen in 2023. And Crimea is an achievable goal”.
“Success and defeating russia in Ukraine means deterring China from their attack on democracies in Indo-Pacific region. So I really want to see how democracies become more mature”.
Daria Kaleniuk, Co-founder and executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center: “I see a lot of support from Denmark towards Ukraine. You are strict but you are fast, and we appreciate that. We need F-16s (American single-engine fighter aircrafts - ed.) to be approved for Ukraine before the NATO summit in July 2023. And we see that Denmark plays a leading role in that. It's time for Europe to meet and for Nordic countries to lead. So we need some sort of push to establish our own no fly zone and protect our civilians in our cities and our critical infrastructure. So we can finally win, take back Crimea and celebrate next year in Copenhagen”.
Solomiya Borshosh, Executive director of the Ukrainian Institute: “There have been a lot of texts about Ukraine, but written not by Ukrainians, not by Danish but mostly by russians. And that is why Ukraine is mostly presented as a geographical territory,whose identity has been debatable… We need to speak, we need to write, but we also need practical investment in culture. There must be programs, there must be talks about what Ukraine is, not through russian lenses, not through other lenses, but actually what Ukraine is”.
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Celebrate the magic of Ukrainian Christmas with Ukraine House in Denmark5.12.2023 15:16:57 CET | Presseinvitation
On Dec. 9, we look forward to hosting you for a heartwarming festive experience filled with cherished traditions. Join us for a panel discussion exploring the enchanting parallels between Ukrainian Christmas and the cozy charm of Danish Hygge, uncovering the threads that weave these festive traditions together.
Recognizing the Holodomor as genocide is a step to honor the memory of the victims – Dr. Horodyskyy1.12.2023 14:51:18 CET | Pressemeddelelse
Dr. Ivan Horodyskyy, Vice-President of the Ukrainian Bar Association, appealed to the Danish parliament with a сordial request to make every effort to establish justice for the victims of the Holodomor by recognizing it as genocide. The expert spoke during the commemorative event “Holodomor – 90: impact on Ukraine and the future of justice” held at Ukraine House in Denmark on Nov. 25.
5 Stalks of Wheat: Letter to the Danish Parliament on Recognition of the Holodomor as Genocide24.11.2023 12:23:53 CET | Pressemeddelelse
As we approach the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor and the December hearings in the Danish Parliament regarding the recognition of the Holodomor as genocide, yesterday, our public initiative group met with the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs to advocate for acknowledgement and justice. We've initiated a symbolic gesture—Danish parliamentarians are now in possession of the artistically displayed bouquets of the five stalks of wheat, reminding them of the sinister Soviet Decree of 5 Stalks of Wheat. This law was one in a series of resolutions that enabled the deliberate killing by starvation of a minimum 4 million of Ukrainians in 1932-1933. We are joined by the leaders of Ukrainian organizations within the Association of Ukrainians in Denmark and the Ukrainian faith-based organizations in an appeal to the Danish Folketing to join the 36 nations and organizations and recognize Holodomor as the genocide of Ukrainian people.
10th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity23.11.2023 12:13:31 CET | Pressemeddelelse
On Nov. 21, 2023, Ukraine commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, a pivotal moment in history which was followed by a decade of transformation since hundreds thousands of Ukrainians gathered in late November 2013 to protest against a government move away from an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The revolution changed the course of Ukrainian history, its conclusion marked by a loss of 100 lives, a change in government, and the occupation of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. In honour of the occasion, we’d like to share key takeaways from our panel discussion “Ukraine and the world transformed: 10 years since the Revolution of Dignity” that took place on Nov. 20 at Ukraine House in Denmark.
Invitation to Commemorative Events and Information Session on Holodomor20.11.2023 12:49:25 CET | Presseinvitation
We extend our warm invitation to you to participate in two significant events surrounding the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, the man-made famine that impacted millions of Ukrainians. As part of the Ukrainian civil society initiative group's efforts to seek recognition of Holodomor as the genocide of the Ukrainian people, we will be presenting symbolic objects and information letters to members of the Danish Parliament to provide insights into the specific resolutions by Soviet authorities that led to the deliberate killing by starvation of millions of Ukrainians 90 years ago. We cordially invite you to join us on 22 November 2023, at 11:00 a.m in Folketinget, on the second floor opposite Udenrigspolitisk nævn. This meeting will include representatives from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Denmark, the Association of Ukrainians in Denmark, the Ukraine House in Denmark, and other Ukrainian-Danish NGOs.
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