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Ambassador Volodymyr Shkurov reveals the figures: Here are how many Ukrainians left from the war have taken refuge in Albania
Written by SOT.COM.AL 19 Gusht 2022
Over 3,000 Ukrainian citizens are currently sheltering in Albania, since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine 6 months ago.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Albania, Volodymyr Shkurov, says that most of them are determined to return to Ukraine and rebuild their country after the war.
The Ukrainian diplomat also appreciated the help that the people of Kosovo have given to Ukraine during this period.
Almost 6 months ago, few could have imagined that the Russian attack against Ukraine would last so long, much less that the Ukrainian resistance would be so strong.
The Ambassador of Ukraine in Tirana, Volodymyr Shkurov, expressed his pride for the resistance of the Ukrainian people and army against the Russian attack, as well as his sadness at the fact that the war is continuing for such a long period, and that at the end of it, they can be rebuilt buildings and infrastructure, but cannot replace a large number of civilian victims who are losing their lives.
Albania is sheltering over 3,000 Ukrainians displaced by the war, but most of them, says Ambassador Shkurov, are determined to return to Ukraine to rebuild their country after the war.
"We have a special thank you for the people of Albania, who have collected various aid, in funds, medicines, food and other products" - says Ambassador Shkurov.
He gave these comments to the Voice of America, after the Ukrainian Book event at the National Library of Albania.
This is the initiative of the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, so that the Ukrainians sheltered in Albania can find books in their language.
"We have received very strong support from the USA and NATO countries, and these aids and support have influenced the progress of the war," said the Ukrainian ambassador.
Albania is giving Ukraine a very large political support, according to him, at all state levels; from the president, the parliament and the prime minister and up to Albania's presidency in the UN Council.
The cooperation with the government of Albania, he says, also continued in terms of providing ammunition to Ukraine, while Albania has participated in two donor conferences in Lugano and Warsaw.
“Nga ana tjetër, edhe pse Ukraina ende nuk e ka njohur Kosovën, qytetarët e Kosovës kanë ofruar shumë ndihma dhe mbështetje Ukrainës. Këtu dëshiroj të ndaj aspektin politik me atë humanitar, dhe ky i fundit ka shumë rëndësi në jetën tonë” – thotë ambasadori Shkurov.
Ukrainasit e larguar nga lufta janë mbështetur edhe nga Bashkia e Tiranës; kryetari i saj aktualisht ndodhet në Kiev.
Bashkia e kryeqytetit shqiptar ka marrë përsipër të ndërtojë një shkollë në qytetin e Kharkivit pasi të mbarojnë bombardimet mbi qytet.
Në Bibliotekën Kombëtare të Shqipërisë kanë mbërritur librat e parë të kësaj nisme për historinë, kulturën, artin e Ukrainës, letërsi nga autorë ukrainas dhe botime për fëmijë.
The project also aims to resist the Russian onslaught culturally, as Russia is trying to destroy Ukrainian identity by leveling libraries and cultural heritage sites.
According to official data, the Russians destroyed several hundred libraries and over 388 monuments of Ukrainian history, architecture and archeology in Ukraine./VOA