Duchess Camilla blasts Russia for 'brutal attack' following invasion of Ukraine

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The Duchess of Cornwall joined other members of the Royal Family in showing her support for the people of Ukraine yesterday when she invited the wife of the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK to speak at Clarence House. The event was a part of a reception for International Women’s Day, in which Camilla serves as President of the Women of the World (WOW) Festival.

The Duchess is said to usually share a platform at the event alongside WOW founder Jude Kelly.

Camilla spoke candidly this year about the plight of gender equality and events in Kyiv.

Speaking about Ukraine, the Duchess said: “The heart-breaking conditions in Ukraine, where democracy and freedom are under brutal attack.”

The ambassador’s wife Inna Prystaiko was then invited to share her thoughts on events in Ukraine.

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Ms Prystaiko explained: “Today there are no smiles and no peace, just horror and sorrow in the eyes of every Ukrainian woman, mother and wife.

“We had been building our beautiful, blooming, independent country for thirty years.

“Until one day Russia decided to destroy it, destroy the whole country because of their deranged leader’s whim.

“Now we have to count the death toll of our people and watch their frightened, crying children who are forced to flee their native land with their mothers and sisters, leaving their fathers to defend our country.”

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She added: “We are truly grateful to the British Royal Family for their strong and touching support of Ukraine..”

However, Camilla hasn’t been the only member of the Firm to voice her support for the Ukrainians.

The Queen was reported to have made a “generous” private donation to the people of Ukraine as part of the Disasters Emergency Committee humanitarian fund.

Prince William and Kate Middleton even wrote on Twitter: “In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future.

“Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has since responded by saying: “Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @RoyalFamily that at this crucial time, when Ukraine is courageously opposing Russia’s invasion, they stand by our country and support our brave citizens.

“Good will triumph.”



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