18:27 / 26.05.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Parliament speaker reassures Ukrainian official of Croatia's continuing support

Olena Kondratiuk and Gordan Jandroković

Olena Kondratiuk and Gordan Jandroković

Foto: Patrik Macek / Pixell

Croatia supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue providing Kyiv with humanitarian, political, and technical assistance, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said on Thursday in Zagreb at a meeting with a deputy chair of Ukrainian parliament, Olena Kondratiuk.

The Ukrainian deputy parliament speaker thanked Croatia for the support it has extended so far to her country, including the reception of several thousand refugees.

Jandroković said he conveyed Croatians' strong solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Croatia, which itself was a victim of military aggression in the 1990s, can understand the grave situation that Ukrainian defenders and people are now experiencing, reads the press release.

Kondratiuk informed Jandroković of the current military and humanitarian state of affairs in Ukraine and notified him of Ukraine's efforts to be granted EU candidate status.

"We need Croatia's support in the context of providing experts and representation in international criminal courts. Croatia has already gone through this and knows very well what it means. We are just at the beginning and we are aware of how difficult, painful and lengthy this path will be. Forty-two countries have submitted requests to the International Criminal Court, we expect your support," said Kondratiuk.

In this context, she thanked Croatia for its support to Ukraine's European aspirations and also for assistance in mine clearance and in the rehabilitation and treatment of wounded war veterans and for offering its experience in the peaceful reintegration of occupied areas and post-war reconstruction.

The chairman of parliament's foreign affairs committee, Gari Cappelli, said Croatia has offered all manners of help, "not only in terms of technical assistance, but psychological and everything else we can do after the war."

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