It is a privilege to speak to you today on behalf of the Vancouver Estonian Community.
Vancouver Estonians and Estonians around the world unequivocally support Ukraine and their brave and courageous fight against Putin’s evil and morally bankrupt regime and the Russian Army.
For those who don’t know, Estonia is a small Baltic country of 1.3 million people that, like Ukraine, shares a border with Russia. It was brutally invaded and occupied by Soviet Russia, losing its independence in 1944 for over 50 years. We know that the time to act is now. The war against Russia must be won and every nation has a moral duty to help Ukraine in its fight to expel the evil occupants. Putin’s hope is that the West will grow complacent the longer he can prolong the war. We absolutely must reject that.
Estonia, with only about half the population of Greater Vancouver, serves as a great example that any nation, large or small can make a difference, just like any one single person can.
Estonia, relative to its GDP, has donated more military aid to Ukraine than any other country - a fully one-third of its approximately 1 Billion $ CAD military budget. It also is offering medical & psychological assistance, relocation to Estonia & other essentials.
Over 37,000 refugees from Ukraine have fled to Estonia. The majority are women and children. Ukrainians are now the second-biggest ethnic minority in Estonia, making up over 2.5% of the population.
While military and financial support is undoubtedly most important, help has also been moral and spiritual. Just some examples are:
PHOTOS - A. Jaugelis ©2022
DIGITAL Estonian Life No. 26 - June 30, 2022