29 JANUARY 2024
The first Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council (UNIC) meeting of 2024 brings together 27 parliamentarians from 17 Allied countries and 9 Ukrainian lawmakers at NATO Headquarters on 29 January.

The parliamentary leaders from Allied countries and Ukraine, alongside senior NATO and Allied officials, reiterate their resolve to ensure Ukraine prevails in this brutal conflict, discuss further support measures and Ukraine’s path to NATO membership.

The UNIC Co-Chairpersons, Oleksandr Korniyenko (Ukraine), First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and Audronius Azubalis (Lithuania), issue a joint statement.

As part of a new package of practical measures to support Ukraine, UNIC members also elect Yehor Cherniev, Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the NATO PA, as Rapporteur. He will update the Council on progress on Ukrainian legislative and government reforms aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to NATO.

24-25 NOVEMBER 2023
The President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), Michal Szczerba (Poland), travels to Kyiv to participate in the official commemorations of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk and other European Speakers of Parliament. Mr Szczerba is accompanied by the Co-Chair of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council, Audronius Azubalis (Lithuania). 

In the meetings with President Zelenskyy, Chairman Stefanchuk and Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, he reaffirms the Assembly’s determined support for Ukraine and its NATO membership path. “There are two hundred and twenty-seven days to the NATO Summit in Washington. We must do everything we can in this time [...] and redouble our efforts to advocate for Ukraine”, he emphasises. 

24 OCTOBER 2023
The newly elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Michal Szczerba (Poland) joins the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of some 40 Parliaments for the second parliamentary summit of the International Crimea Platform

In his address to the summit, President Szczerba urges assembled parliamentary leaders to continue to demonstrate unwavering unity and resolve in support of Ukraine, its sovereignty, territorial integrity, right to self-defence and NATO membership path.

“We gather here today to reaffirm our full solidarity with Ukraine — a nation fighting for its survival but also for our values”, Mr Szczerba started. “We must make sure that there will be no war fatigue in our countries. Ukraine can count on our steadfast support – not just to defend itself, but to win”, he continued.

6-9 OCTOBER 2023
At the NATO PA Annual Session, hosted by the Danish Folketing in Copenhagen, over 240 lawmakers from the 31-nation NATO Alliance and 20 partner countries and parliamentary bodies gather. 

The meeting underscores the NATO PA’s unwavering support for Ukraine; complete rejection of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, brutal and illegal war; and its strong resolve to step up support for Ukraine’s democracy, independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration. 

The adopted reports and resolutions make clear that Allied parliamentarians remain united to sustain assistance to Ukraine, now and for the long term, and help Ukraine advance on the path towards full NATO membership.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk both addressed the Assembly by video-link from Kyiv.

23-24 SEPTEMBER 2023
Ukrainian and Allied legislators meet in Lviv in the framework of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council (UNIC), “to reaffirm our iron-clad solidarity with Ukraine – a nation fighting for its survival, for its future, but also for the future of the civilised world,” in the words of UNIC Co-Chair and Lithuanian lawmaker Audronius Azubalis.

The UNIC Co-Chairs also release a statement and agree on proposals to step up the NATO PA’s practical support to the Verkhovna Rada, to be presented at the NATO PA Annual Session in Copenhagen on 6-9 October 2023.

11 JULY 2023
NATO PA President Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (France) addresses NATO’s Heads of State and Government on the first day of the Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. She underlines the importance of resolute support for Ukraine.

“Today it is in Ukraine that the defence of our values and the international law-based order is at stake,” she stressed and called for the Summit to “strongly reaffirm that we will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.” Moreover, “we must go further and chart a clear path which will lead Ukraine towards NATO membership. Ukraine’s place is here, amongst us. Until then, we must provide firm security guarantees to Ukraine”, she said.

2 JUNE 2023
NATO PA President Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (France) addresses the high-level meeting of Speakers of Parliaments of NATO members in Vilnius to reiterate the Assembly's unwavering and resolute support for Ukraine and its path towards accession as well as its commitment to mobilise the aid Ukraine needs for as long as it takes to prevail. She meets with Verkhovna Rada Chairman Stefanchuk together with UNIC co-chair Audronius Azubalis.

1 JUNE 2023
In Kosice, Slovakia, NATO PA Vice-President Zaida Cantera participates in a DCAF-organised workshop on supporting the Verkhovna Rada’s military justice reform efforts to present the Spanish experience. The workshop brings together members and staff of the Committees on Law Enforcement, and on National Security, Defence and Intelligence as well as international experts and representatives of the civil society.

19-22 MAY 2023
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly holds its Spring Session in Luxembourg, gathering almost 250 lawmakers from the 31-nation NATO Alliance and 16 partner countries and parliamentary bodies, including a large delegation from the Verkhovna Rada. The Session focuses on the Assembly’s unwavering support for Ukraine and NATO’s adaptation, grounded in democratic values, to the new strategic reality in the wake of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

On the concluding day, the Plenary Session adopts recommendations for the NATO summit in Vilnius (11-12 July). The declaration on United and Resolute in Support of Ukraine urges Allied leaders to, among others:

  • send a strong message of practical and political support for Ukraine;
  • increase and speed up Allied support, and sustain this support for as long as it takes for Ukraine to prevail and restore in full its territorial integrity;
  • commit additional funding for a strategic multi-year NATO assistance programme for Ukraine;
  • reconfirm that Ukraine's rightful place is in NATO and agree on the next significant steps towards Ukraine’s membership; and
  • highlight the need for firm future security guarantees for Ukraine until acquiring NATO membership.

The Session started with an extraordinary joint meeting of the Assembly’s the Standing Committee – its governing body – and the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council (UNIC)– the Assembly’s bilateral group for relations with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov and Oleksandra Matviichuk, director of Ukraine’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Centre for Civil Liberties, both addressed the Assembly’s members during the session.

26 MARCH 2023
The Standing Committee, the Assembly’s governing body, holds its Annual Spring Meeting in Oslo, Norway, reaffirming its unwavering support for Ukraine, including during an exchange with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Members also engage in a first discussion on the Assembly’s recommendations, including on Ukraine, ahead of the Summit of Heads of State and Government in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Connected from Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and Yehor Cherniev, Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the NATO PA, both updated the Standing Committee about the latest developments and outlined the country’s needs for increased assistance.

13-14 MARCH 2023
visit to Poland of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) and the Sub-Committee on Transition and Development (ESCTD) focuses squarely on garnering support for Ukraine’s defence, reconstruction and accession to Euro-Atlantic institutions. The visit was joined by 24 legislators from 11 NATO member parliaments and a member of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada.

24 FEBRUARY 2023
On the one-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine, the NATO PA Bureau releases a strong statement to express unreserved condemnation of Russia’s aggression and criminal actions as well as steadfast support for Ukraine in words and in deeds.

20-22 FEBRUARY 2023
During the Annual Joint Committee Meetings in Brussels, some 120 NATO PA members gather to consult with senior NATO officials on Allies’ ongoing, unwavering support for Ukraine, alongside NATO’s profound adaptation following the historic 2022 Madrid Summit.

The Assembly’s Standing Committee also meets with the North Atlantic Council (NAC) for their Annual Joint Meeting to discuss how to further strengthen support for Ukraine.

3-4 FEBRUARY 2023
President Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (France) travels to Ukraine to convey the unwavering support of Allied parliaments to Ukraine. In Kyiv, she meets with the Ukrainian delegation, high-ranking officials and civil society. Visiting Borodianka, which suffered horrific devastation during Russia’s initial advance, President Garriaud-Maylam stresses the importance of holding Russia accountable for all of its crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and possible acts of genocide. 

23 JANUARY 2023
At the first UNIC meeting in 2023, 26 Allied and 6 Ukrainian members discuss Russia’s criminal war and NATO and Allied assistance to Ukraine, including with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, four Assistant Secretaries General and a number of Allied Ambassadors.

UNIC Co-Chairs Oleksandr Korniyenko (Ukraine), First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and Michal Szczerba (Poland), Vice-President of the NATO PA, release a statement to underline the unreserved condemnation of Russia’s atrocious actions, the unwavering solidarity between NATO PA and Verkhovna Rada members and the steadfast support for Ukraine for as long as it takes to prevail.

5-7 DECEMBER 2022 
At the 22nd annual Parliamentary Transatlantic Forum, 104 Assembly members from 29 nations discuss the Allied response to Russia’s war against Ukraine and other pressing transatlantic security priorities. Ukrainian Head of Delegation Yehor Cherniev updates members with the latest developments on Russia’s war against his country.

In her very first engagement since her election as NATO PA President, Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (France) addresses the 2022 Kyiv Security Forum to demonstrate the Assembly’s steadfast and rock solid support for Ukraine.

18-21 NOVEMBER 2022
The 68th Annual Session takes place in Madrid, Spain. The session sends a strong message of unity and resolve at a critical moment for Euro-Atlantic and global security. The Assembly reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine and calls out Russia’s attacks against civilian infrastructure and population centres for what they truly are: acts of terrorism and war crimes.

Ukrainian members of parliament again join in person, and UNIC holds an exceptional meeting

President Zelenskyy and other high-level Ukrainian officials address the Assembly, including the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, who is awarded the 2022 Women for Peace and Security Award

The Assembly’s Committees adopt its 2022 reports focused on Russia’s war against Ukraine.

The Assembly adopts five resolutions centred on Russia’s war and ways to react and adapt to Russia’s threat to Euro-Atlantic and global security:

25 OCTOBER 2022
The President, accompanied by UNIC Co-Chair Michal Szczerba, addresses the First Parliamentary Summit of the International Crimea Platform, which brings together the Speakers and Chairpersons of over 30 national parliaments and international parliamentary organisations in Zagreb, Croatia.

The NATO PA President issues a firm condemnation of Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of four new Ukrainian regions and denounces dangerous escalation.

The NATO PA Selection Committee bestow the second annual “Women for Peace and Security” Award to Ms Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, for her role as ardent champion for Ukraine’s democracy, its European and Euro-Atlantic path and the contribution of women to these causes.

At the third UNIC meeting in 2022, delegates have the opportunity to discuss Allied stepped-up support and Ukraine’s counter-offensive with the Deputy Foreign Minister and the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

6 JULY 2022
Members discuss the key takeaways from the Madrid Summit with NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Javier Colomina, notably on support for Ukraine as well as the new reinforced deterrence and defence posture.

30 JUNE 2022
The President addresses NATO’s Heads of State and Government at the NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain. In his remarks, he stressed how the war was a tragic illustration of the global contest of values which necessitated recommitting NATO to its democratic foundations and maintaining robust, resolute support for Ukraine.

27-30 MAY 2022
The NATO PA  2022 Spring Session takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Session was due to be held in Kyiv. However, in close coordination with the Ukrainian hosts, the Lithuanian Seimas generously offered to organise the Spring Session in Vilnius after Russia launched its unprovoked and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine. The NATO PA 2022 Spring Session in Vilnius is, for all intents and purposes, a Ukraine session in Vilnius.

The Session demonstrates the Assembly’s unwavering, steadfast support for Ukraine and the Alliance’s resolve to deter against any threat to NATO members and to defend every inch of NATO territory.

Members of the Assembly exchange views directly with the Ukrainian delegation and highest-level Ukrainian government officials about Ukraine’s goals, expectations and needs. 

The Plenary Sitting adopts a declaration on Standing with Ukraine, authored by UNIC Co-Chair Michal Szczerba. Among other, the Assembly calls for: 

  • continued Allied unity and resolve in helping Ukraine defend itself; 
  • increasing the cost for Russia of its brutal and senseless war and condemning its crimes;
  • assisting victims and helping Ukraine’s reconstruction. 

The Assembly also endorses the creation of a special fund to support Ukraine’s democratic institutions.

The Russian war against Ukraine is a watershed moment for Euro-Atlantic security. Arguably, all Assembly activities in 2022 will revolve around Russian actions, Allied support and assistance to Ukraine as well as NATO’s immediate response and longer-term transformation.

10 APRIL 2022

  • At the annual, early spring meeting of the Standing Committee in Athens, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war is at the centre of the agenda and discussions. 
  • Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and Yehor Cherniev, Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the NATO PA, engages with the Standing Committee.
  • The Standing Committee agrees on a draft declaration on Standing with Ukraine, presented by Michal Szczerba (Poland), UNIC Co-Chair, for final adoption at the 2022 Spring Session. The President and the Rapporteur issue a statement, based on the agreed text.
  • The Standing Committee also identifies five priorities to take account of the lasting, profound consequences of Russia’s actions:
  1. The Assembly must continue to demonstrate its support for Ukraine through regular statements and meetings with Ukrainian members of parliament.
  2. Members should continue to do their utmost to mobilise support for Ukraine in their respective parliaments and governments.
  3. The NATO PA will ensure that all Assembly bodies adopt a coordinated approach.
  4. The Assembly must prepare itself to assist Ukraine, and specifically the Verkhovna Rada, in the future.
  5. The Assembly must begin the process of assessing the long-term implications of the war on the Alliance’s risk assessment, capabilities, membership prospects and partnerships.

9 APRIL 2022
The President meets with a group of Ukrainian refugees who had fled Ukraine for Greece.

4 MARCH 2022
President Connolly, UNIC Co-Chairs and the Head of the Ukrainian Delegation meet to discuss the military and humanitarian situation in Ukraine and possible next steps to support Ukraine further.

1 MARCH 2022
The NATO PA Bureau meets with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana to discuss the situation in Ukraine, Allied support and implications for NATO.

26 FEBRUARY 2022

  • The Bureau, joined by other Assembly leaders, holds an emergency meeting with the leaders of the Ukrainian Delegation to discuss the Russian invasion.
  • President Connolly, on behalf of the Bureau, writes to the Standing Committee, urging an expansion of military and humanitarian assistance and further massive, crippling and sustained sanctions and consequences.

24 FEBRUARY 2022
President Connolly condemns the further invasion in the strongest terms and reaffirms the Assembly's unwavering support for Ukraine, its sovereignty, territorial integrity and right to self-defense and self-determination.

22 FEBRUARY 2022

  • President Connolly, the UNIC Co-Chairs, members of the Ukrainian delegation and Ukrainian officials hold meeting to discuss the impact of President Putin’s latest aggressive actions.
  • The Head of the Ukrainian delegation addresses the Standing Committee to update the members on the Russian threat to Ukraine. 
  • The Standing Committee adopts its recommendations for the new NATO Strategic Concept, which stresses that Russia’s aggressive actions, including against Ukraine, represent the principal threat to Euro-Atlantic security.

21 FEBRUARY 2022

  • The NATO PA Bureau releases a statement on the grave security crisis provoked by Russia, condemning Russia’s continued military build-up and aggressive actions.
  • The Assembly’s Standing Committee meets with the North Atlantic Council, taking stock of Russia’s massing of over 150,000 troops and discussing NATO’s response.
  • President Connolly condemns in the strongest terms the recognition of the independence of the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics”.

NATO PA Standing Committee holds special discussion on the Russian threat against Ukraine, demonstrating unity and resolve and full support to Ukraine.

24 JANUARY 2022

16 DECEMBER 2021
The leadership of the Assembly meets with the Ukrainian delegation to discuss the renewed Russian military build-up.

18 NOVEMBER 2021
President Connolly denounces the repeat military build-up by Russia, urging Russia to stop its deliberate destabilisation and aggression against Ukraine.

26-27 OCTOBER 2021
In Odesa, Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council (UNIC) discusses Black Sea security, takes stock of Ukrainian reforms and reaffirms full support for Ukraine.

23 AUGUST 2021
President Connolly and the late Ojars Eriks Kalnins (Latvia), then Co-chairperson of the UNIC, address the inaugural Summit of the Crimea Platform, reaffirming the Assembly’s unwavering support for Ukraine and their condemnation of Russia’s ongoing aggression and occupation.

27 APRIL 2021
The NATO PA establishes an informal support group for the Crimea Platform to further demonstrate the Assembly’s firm stance on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

7 APRIL 2021
President Connolly condemns Russia’s first military build-up in and around Ukraine as reckless and irresponsible and underlines the Assembly’s firm support of Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and democracy.

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