After the brutal mass execution in Olenivka, to which the Russian army subjected the captured fighters of Azov, a wave of international reaction swept Russia. The Minister of foreign affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, joined several countries (in particular, the United States) and called for Russia to be recognized as a sponsor of terrorism and deprive Russian citizens of visas. We remind you that earlier, Estonia called to deny Russians of Schengen visas and to stop issuing new ones.
"I condemn the brutal murder of Ukrainian POWs by Russian armed forces in Olenivka and ongoing atrocities committed by the Russian military against Ukraine. EU must consider Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, I reiterate proposal to impose an EU tourist visa ban for Russian citizens," Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Today in Kyiv, the families of the killed fighters of Azov came out to Sofiyska square. The world needs to know what is happening in Ukraine and what Russia is doing. We remind you that the UN and the Red Cross promised the soldiers of Azov that nothing threatens them in Russian captivity and that the defenders of Azovstal are under the protection of international organizations. As we can see, they did not keep their word.