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Rutland and Melton MP visits Kyiv to mark one year anniversary of invasion

Rutland and Melton MP has visited the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in her role as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Alicia Kearns and fourteen other Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees from around the world visited Kyiv to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine.

During the visit earlier this month, Alicia met with President Zelensky, and Ukraine’s Defence Secretary, Ukrainian War Heroes, Energy Minister and Ukrainian Parliamentarians.

Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns (Right, blue dress) meets with President Zelensky (left, centre) during her visit. Photo: UK Government.

They discussed the acceleration of international support for Ukraine, accountability, Zelensky’s ‘peace formula’ and actions being taken to push Russian Forces out of Ukraine to end the killing of civilians. Alicia also visited the liberated territories of Bucha and Irpin.

Alicia thanked President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine for fighting on behalf of all our freedoms.

Mrs Kearns said: "“As we marked 365 days of renewed Russian aggression, it was an honour to be in Kyiv to thank our Ukrainian allies for fighting for all our freedoms. This anniversary was not a day to celebrate, but to remember all those killed, reflect on the failure to deter Putin and commit again to Ukraine’s freedom.

Alicia Kearns pictured during her meeting in Ukraine. Photo: UK Government

“I was honoured to pay the respects of the people of Rutland, Melton, the Vale and Harborough Villages and discuss with President Zelensky what more the people of Ukraine need.

“Despite the horrifying brutality witnessed, Putin’s hatred has forged new alliances and friendships across the globe and strengthened our resolve to defend the international rules-based order.

“After a year of mass murder, rape, torture and targeting of civilians, we must recommit to do everything we can to stand by our Ukrainian friends and give them the freedom that they deserve. We cannot allow more loss of life and it sits with us to end this.”

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