Minister for Veterans Affairs Yulia Laputina held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Antonio Gazzanti Pugliese di Cotrone concerning deepening cooperation in the field of support for veterans and their families. The event was also attended by Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs on European Integration Oleksiy Illiashenko.
At the beginning of the meeting, Yulia Laputina greeted the Ambassador to the Ministry of Veterans. She expressed gratitude for the children's gift sets provided by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to 30 children from the families of combatants for the International Children's Day in Lviv region in June this year.
The Minister briefed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary on the main strategic goals of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs and expressed interest in deepening cooperation in the framework of initiatives and projects currently being conducted by the Ministry. In particular, in the development of the unified state register of war veterans, the implementation of the e-Veteran information services system, the program for the transition of war veterans from military careers to civilian life, and the promotion of veterans' entrepreneurial initiatives "Protection, Development, Welfare."
Yulia Laputina noted that among the defenders of Ukraine there are many who, after returning from the war zones, started their own successful business. This was especially vividly demonstrated by the All-Ukrainian festival "Pulse of Dignity", which was held on August 24 by the Ministry of Veterans Affairs together with public organizations in Kyiv on Volodymyrska Hill. A total of 46 veterans from different cities of Ukraine took part, who presented their own companies and put up for sale their products: books, clothes, souvenirs, food.
Yulia Laputina also informed Mr. Antonio Gazzanti Pugliese di Cotrone about the newly established state institution "Ukrainian Veterans Fund", which is designed to make transparent international donor assistance to the defenders of Ukraine, and invited the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Ukraine to join its work.
In his turn, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary expressed gratitude to the Ukrainian side for the meeting and the opportunity to get acquainted in-depth with the priority areas of work of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs personally from the Minister. He told Yulia Laputina about the projects of the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Ukraine in the humanitarian and social fields. Mr. Antonio Gazzanti Pugliese di Cotrone also informed the Minister about the second stage of online conferences on the spread and humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 epidemic in the eastern regions of Ukraine and in the world in general, which the Embassy plans to organize in November this year.
Apart from that, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary assured that the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Ukraine will continue to provide social support to children from the families of Ukrainian soldiers and victims.
"First of all, let me praise your policy. We know that you have many planned and existing projects that are very important in such a delicate area as yours. In this difficult period, the period of the pandemic, the period of economic depression, the period of limited opportunities for communication, the Sovereign Order of Malta is trying to be closer to the Ukrainian people, including helping the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. In particular, we are ready to support your humanitarian initiatives, and to repeat the provision of assistance to children of veterans and expand the scope of such assistance," Mr. Antonio Gazzanti Pugliese di Cotrone said.
Yulia Laputina thanked the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for a productive meeting, support and opportunities to strengthen cooperation with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs in humanitarian and social projects.
"The Ministry of Veterans Affairs is interested in further fruitful cooperation with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Ukraine, in particular, in humanitarian and social projects that the Embassy is implementing in Ukraine," Yulia Laputina underscored.