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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: in Ukraine, overcoming the deep crisis in confidence is paramount


While visiting Ukraine, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at a meeting with Olga Bogomolets, the chief physician responsible for first aid volunteers at the unrest at the Maidan in Kyiv, that Estonia recognizes the sacrifices of countless people during the riots of Ukraine in saving lives and caring for the injured.

Paet confirmed that Estonia is ready to continue supporting all activities which develop Ukrainian society and the rule of law. "At present, it is important to reduce tension on the streets and in certain regions and to restore public confidence in respect to the governing power," he said.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia has decided to support activities assisting people affected by the street unrest in Ukraine with 50 000 euros. "Continued medical treatment, psychological assistance, and support are needed for the families of people killed," he added.
Estonia also helped provide medical care for Ukrainians afflicted by the street violence in early February with 50 000 euros through the non-governmental International Renaissance Foundation.

The Estonian foreign minister also placed a wreath in Kyiv at the memorial site of people killed in the Ukrainian unrest. "Kyiv city centre is filled with flowers, candles, and people in mourning. My sincere condolences to all the relatives of people killed in the conflict," Paet reiterated.
Paet stated that initiating true reforms and restoring the public's confidence are most important at this point in time.


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