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Ukrainian seafarers' union calls for support in the country's application to the EU

2 March 2022

The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) has circulated a letter from its Ukrainian affiliate Marine Transport Workers' Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) calling for ETF affiliates to support Ukraine's application to join the European Union (EU).

The appeal follows the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on 24 February. On 28 February 2022, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine to join the EU.

MTWTU chairman Oleg Grygoriuk said in the letter: 'Ukraine has been reaffirming its desire to join the European Union for a long time, and now it is time for European countries to support the struggle of Ukrainians for fundamental European principles.'

The MTWTU calls for all European transport unions to 'immediately contact their governments with a request to support Ukraine's application for membership in the European Union'.