Pashinyan's wife's visit to Ukraine: who she met and what she discussed
Visit of Pashinyan’s wife to Ukraine
She traveled to Kyiv at the invitation of the First Lady of Ukraine to participate in the “Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen.” In her speech, she talked about Ukrainian children who died in the war and the children of Nagorno-Karabakh, who “due to the blockade are hungry, exhausted, living in fear of death.”
Yerevan has reportedly sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine for the first time since the war began. Official channels do not give details, but Armenian media reported that the Prime Minister’s wife was going to deliver the cargo to its destination.
“A warm welcome.”
Anna Hakobyan did not reveal the details of the meeting with Zelensky and his wife.
On Facebook, she only wrote that “the reception was warm,” and she managed to communicate with the first ladies of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Lithuania, as well as the gentlemen of Denmark, Slovenia and Slovakia.
She also posted photos from the summit and noted that her speech touched on peace and a better future for the next generations:
“I raised the issue of the violation of the rights of 30,000 Armenian children and the inhumane living conditions as a result of the blockade of the Lachin corridor.”
“I feel sorrow for the children of Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh”
“Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen” is an annual event, which is being held for the third time. It was first organized by the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska in 2021. Its purpose is to unite spouses of the first persons of the world to exchange experience, opinions and realize joint projects.
The arriving delegations visited the exhibition “Children Martyrs”, honored the memory of Ukrainian children who died in the war. All participants of the summit brought stuffed toys with them.
The theme of this year’s summit was mental health.
“I feel sorrow for all the children of the world who died in wars, no matter what country they were killed in, no matter what race, color, religion or social background,” Anna Hakobyan said.
Speaking about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, she added: “It is not normal in the 21st century to have children who are hungry, emaciated and living in fear of death as a result of the blockade.”
She announced that the lives of 120 thousand Nagorno-Karabakh civilians are in danger, about 2 thousand pregnant women are deprived of the opportunity to undergo medical examinations, 30 thousand children suffer from malnutrition:
“They have to stand in line for hours to get the minimum amount of food. They witness increasing cases of fainting in the streets, which are the result of extremely stressed people. The children of Artsakh are trapped on a small piece of land, deprived of their inalienable rights, such as the right to food, health care and education.”
The spouse of the Armenian Prime Minister stated that it is necessary to value every human life and find new ways and tools to stop wars.
Concluding her speech, Hakobyan invited everyone to Yerevan to participate in the summit, which is being held jointly with the Women Political Leaders Global Network. This event will be held on October 19.
Stephen Fry in Kyiv
The summit was moderated by renowned British actor, writer and social activist Stephen Fry.
He told reporters that he was invited to the summit by the Ukrainian president’s office.
“This is not a propaganda stunt at all, but a real meeting of neuroscientists, sociologists, psychologists and those who work with mental trauma,” Fry said of the conference in Kyiv.
He is an active supporter of Ukraine. On his way to Kyiv, he posted a photo on Instagram from the sleeping car of a Ukrainian Railways train; there is no air service with Ukraine because of the risk of strikes from Russia.
Fry is known as one of “Britain’s funniest people”, a philanthropist, is also involved in human rights work. He helps organizations that support people with bipolar disorder or the LGBT community. Last winter, the famous Briton supported the ShelterBox initiative, collecting donations for warm clothes and repairing destroyed houses.
Visit of Pashinyan’s wife to Ukraine