“Putin Is a Small Man in Both the Literal and Figurative Sense”

by Olha Povaliaieva
Thursday, September 1, 2022
“Putin Is a Small Man in Both the Literal and Figurative Sense”

Meeting of the Danish foreign minister with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, PM and MFA of Ukraine

On September 1, Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod honoured Ukraine with his visit. Several meetings between minister Kofod and representatives of the Ukrainian government took place. During a joint press conference with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which was broadcast by the dialogue, the most pressing topics for Ukraine were discussed: security and international support.

"Glad to see the minister of foreign affairs of Denmark Jeppe Kofod in Kyiv again. We appreciate Denmark's political, financial and armed support for Ukraine at this difficult time, as well as help to our people who left their homes because of the war. It is essential for us that Denmark has agreed to participate in the restoration of infrastructure facilities in the Mykolaiv region. Thank you for everything you do for our country and for this visit," Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Before the meeting with the president of Ukraine, Jeppe Kofod gave a press conference with his colleague in charge, minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

"We see how you defend your country, and we see that you have broken Russia's plans. The next phase will be centred around having Russia already defeated and Ukraine, the winner. That is why we will continue to provide important military equipment and provide training to our military," Jeppe Kofod.

"We will back Ukraine for as long as it takes," minister Kofod. 

Minister Jeppe Kofod emphasized Denmark's intention to support Ukraine until the very victory and continue to assist in investigating crimes committed by the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine.

"Today, we will go to Bucha, where Russia's war crimes happened. It is simply impossible to imagine that one person can order to commit so many terrible crimes. Denmark will continue to investigate and record Russian crimes and show the world what Russia is doing here," Jeppe Kofod.

"Putin and the Russian Federation will not win this war. They will lose it. He is a small man in both the literal and figurative sense. And hopes of a bloody miserable man stumbled onto the massive and inspired fighting of Ukrainians," minister Kofod.

With the prime minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, the topics of developing public-private partnerships, supplying weapons and supporting Ukraine were raised. Denys Shmyhal, on behalf of Ukraine, thanked minister Kofod for his visit to Ukraine, as this is a strong signal for the progressive world community and the aggressor country. Minister Shmyhal also thanked Jeppe Kofod for providing €1.5 billion of military assistance to protect the borders of Ukraine.

"Denmark continues to be our reliable partner. We highly appreciate the comprehensive support, in particular, in the field of supplying military technologies and weapons, in the field of humanitarian assistance, the creation of appropriate places for the treatment of wounded people in Ukraine," Denis Shmyhal.

Denys Shmyhal informed Jeppe Kofod about the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and stressed that Ukraine had been responsible for managing 5 nuclear power plants for 32 years, 1 of which is the largest in Europe.

"After the conference in Lugano, where we presented the Plan for the Restoration of Ukraine, we consolidated the countries to discuss how we will rebuild our state. Now we must implement the first part — the restoration of critical infrastructure. We are discussing with partners how to implement this as soon as possible," Denys Shmyhal.

Jeppe Kofod thanked Ukraine and our people for the fact that we are defending the freedom, democracy and values ​​of the whole of Europe. Minister Kofod emphasized that Denmark will not back down from its path of helping Ukraine in the military sphere and post-war reconstruction after the victory.

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