Speaking at the rally in Osijek’s central square, Kyrylych said that the rally was organised to “once again support Ukraine in the brutal war launched by the Russian Federation.”
“What is happening in Ukraine is not only war, genocide is being committed against its people”, he said, noting that city neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals and kindergartens were being destroyed and that so far 138 children had been killed in Ukraine.
“In this brutal war, there is on one side a cult of brute force, a cult of the dictator and tyrant and on the other truth and defence of one’s country. We are on our own land and we are defending it”, the ambassador said, thanking the Croatian government, Osijek-Baranja County and the City of Osijek for their strong support to Ukraine and for having taken in Ukrainian refugees.
The president of the Association of Ukrainians in Croatia, Vlado Karešin, too, thanked Croatia for its support to Ukraine.
The rally was also attended by Osijek city officials and MPs Romana Nikolić and Domagoj Hajduković.