After four years of work: EU ambassador talks about what he was most impressed with in Ukraine (video)

According to Estonian diplomat Matti Maasikas, the period of work in Ukraine was very emotional and one of the most memorable moments was the visit to Kherson after the end of the occupation.

Matti Maasikas, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, listed the events that most affected him during his four-year diplomatic tenure. The Estonian diplomat spoke about this in an interview with Europe Pravda on September 6.

Matti Maasikas admitted that four years were very emotional for him. He noted that during this period there were many events that he would never forget, but there was one thing he remembered most vividly.


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One of these moments was the visit to Kherson ten days after his release. He pointed out that at that time the city was regularly bombed by the RF Armed Forces. People had no electricity or water, and all shops were closed.

“But our group of diplomats was greeted with joy and we saw with our own eyes that people had hope again. We saw children waving at the entrance of the city, greeting our bus. It was a very emotional event,” he recalls. ambassador.

Another event that remained in the diplomat’s memory was the moment when the flag of the European Union was brought to the Verkhovna Rada hall. This happened a week after Ukraine received EU candidate status.

“He was brought there to always be there in the future. And I still remember how he was received, I remember feeling how important this moment was to you,” said Matti Maasikas.

Recall, according to media reports on April 20, the current Deputy Director General of the European Enlargement Commission, Katarina Maternova, will become the new Ambassador of the European Union in Ukraine.

We also reported that on August 8, Hungarian President Katalin Novak signed an agreement on the appointment of Fedor Shandor as the Ambassador of Ukraine to Budapest. He became known as the “Trench Professor” after a photo of him teaching students at the front was published online.

Source: Focus


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