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Zelenskyy, Scholz sign declaration of support for Ukraine

Ukraine and Germany emphasised their firm commitment to bringing those responsible for war crimes to justice.

Zelenskyy, Scholz sign declaration of support for Ukraine
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is on a visit to Berlin, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have signed a joint declaration of support for Ukraine and pressure on Russia.

The text of the document was published by Zelenskyy's press service.

"Germany will continue to provide political, financial, humanitarian and military support to Ukraine for as long as it is needed - individually and through international cooperation within the European Union, G7, NATO, the UN and other formats," the statement reads.

It is also noted that Germany supports Ukraine's initiative for a just and sustainable peace and is ready to cooperate with Ukraine to ensure the widest possible international participation in the implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula and in the Global Peace Summit.

Ukraine and Germany underlined their firm commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for war crimes and other atrocities committed in connection with Russia's war of aggression. It also notes the need to maintain and increase collective pressure on Russia and those who support its military efforts through further sanctions.

In addition, Germany declared its support for Ukraine in reforming and fulfilling the requirements necessary to start negotiations on EU accession.

"Germany supports the NATO-Ukraine Commission as a platform to further strengthen and broaden the partnership between NATO and Ukraine on its path set out in the Bucharest Declaration, thus contributing to our common interests in ensuring Euro-Atlantic peace, stability and security. Ukraine and Germany look forward to addressing these issues at the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July 2023," the document reads.

On 14 May, Zelenskyy arrived in Berlin and met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz received President Zelenskyy with military honours at his office in Berlin.

In Berlin, Zelenskyy said that this year is the time to determine the end of the war with Russia.

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