Ceremony at NATO Headquarters marks one-year of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

  • 24 Feb. 2023 -
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  • Last updated: 24 Feb. 2023 12:39

Speaking at NATO Headquarters on Friday (24 February 2023) Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that NATO has been Ukraine’s partner since it first gained independence over thirty years ago and that NATO will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană presents

Mr. Geoană was addressing a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the launch of Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, opening an exhibition of photos and videos on war crimes committed by the invaders, organised by NATO Allies Romania and Poland with the support of the Head of Mission of Ukraine to NATO.

The Deputy Secretary General said that the images on display were a reminder of Putin’s brutality, his utter disregard for human life and his “determination to destroy Ukraine and overturn the international rules-based order”.

NATO Allies have provided unprecedented support to Ukraine. 

Allies experts are helping Ukraine to document and evidence the horrific crimes committed. The Netherlands will establish a special investigation in The Hague. “Those responsible must be held to account”, he said.

The Deputy Secretary General stressed that the images in the exhibition also showed a nation “standing tall,” brave armed forces putting their lives on the line, and “a proud people who will not be defeated”.