We welcome today’s awarding of the 2022 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought of the European Parliament to the brave people of Ukraine in the ceremony in Strasbourg. Ukrainian people are courageously defending their freedom and their right to exist as Ukrainians in their own, sovereign country. They are shielding and fighting for the very shared universal values on which Europe was built. With their heroic and brave resistance against the Russian war of aggression, they are paying the ultimate price for freedom.
With this prize, the EU is honoured to pay tribute to their dignity and resilience that has been demonstrated over the past months.
The European Union firmly stands with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. We will continue to provide strong economic, military, social and financial support to Ukraine for as long as it takes.