European Parliament president, Roberta Metsola said, “This award is for those Ukrainians fighting on the ground, for those who have been forced to flee, for those who have lost relatives and friends, for all those who stand up and fight for who and what they believe in.”
The Ukrainian people were honoured for their continuous struggle against Russia’s invasion of their nation on Wednesday when the European Parliament presented them with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, a distinguished award in the field of human rights.The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently detained, and Colombia’s “Truth Commission,” an organisation established in 2018 to look into atrocities perpetrated during the nation’s five-decade conflict that concluded in 2016, were both nominated for this year’s award.The Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov is honoured with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Since 1988, prizes have been given out yearly to people and organisations who support freedom and human rights.
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky also expressed gratitude and said how important the support of EU nations is for Kyiv. “Ukrainians prove dedication to the values of freedom, democracy every day on the battlefield against the terrorist state of the RF,” said Zelensky in a statement.