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Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal received by Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ John Dunlap

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyal, was received with military honours today at the Magistral Villa by the Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra’ John Dunlap. During the visit – the fifteenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Ukraine, initiated in February 2008 – the programmes developed by the Order of Malta were discussed.

The bonds of friendship and cooperation date from 1990 when the Order of Malta’s relief organisation in Ukraine began its first humanitarian activities. The programmes in its three centres – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Berehove – have developed over the years, especially since February 2022, in the aftermath of the outbreak of war with Russia.

Prime Minister Shmyhal expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Order of Malta’s continued support for Ukraine: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the Government, the President and the Ukrainian people for the important role you play in our country.”

News reports produced by Dire, ANSA and Askanews on the visit of the Prime Minister of Ukraine yesterday to the Magistral Villa.

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