People of Ukraine receive Sakharov Prize 2022
December 14, 2022

People of Ukraine receive Sakharov Prize 2022

The Sakharov Prize 2022 was awarded today at the European Parliament. This year’s prize went to the Ukrainian people, who were represented at the ceremony in Strasbourg by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (online), representatives of civil society, emergency services and elected leaders.

Awarding the prize, European Parliament President Metsola spoke of the courage and sacrifices of the Ukrainian people: “The Ukrainian people are not just fighting a war of independence but fighting a war of values. The values which underpin our life in the European Union and that we have long had the luxury of taking for granted each and every day.”

“We must act now, not waiting for the war to end, to bring to justice all those who unleashed it and to prevent any repetition of aggression”, said Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “This will be the most effective protection of freedom, human rights, the rule of law and other common values, which are embodied in particular by this award by the European Parliament.”

Oleksandra Matviychuk, chair of the Centre for Civil Liberties organisation and one of the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, Yulia Pajevska, founder of the evacuation medical unit Angels of Taira, and Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, were among those who attended the ceremony on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

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