Sánchez believes that Ukraine will resist and that “war crimes” will not go unpunished

The Fira de Barcelona refugee center stands out as an “example of institutional cooperation”


The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, stated this Friday that he is convinced that “Ukraine will resist, Europe will prevail and these war crimes will not go unpunished, they should not go unpunished and they will not go unpunished”.

He said it in a statement after visiting the Ukrainian refugee center installed in the Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc venue accompanied by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivà; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares; the Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, and the Minister for Equality and Feminism, Tània Verge.

The head of the Executive has recalled the words of the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, in the Congress of Deputies, when he equated the situation in Ukraine with the bombing of Guernica in 1937 and has warned that this war “challenges all European citizens” .

Sánchez has argued that the conflict in Ukraine is not simply a territorial dispute “between two neighboring countries, between an autocracy that unfortunately has control of nuclear weapons against a people who want to be free, who defend their sovereignty, their independence, their integrity territorial”

“It is much more than that, what Putin is doing is attacking Europe, trying to weaken in the most brutal way possible this European project based on human rights, democracy, freedom and peace,” he criticized.

Thus, he has underlined the importance of claiming peace, especially in a city like Barcelona, ​​which he considers has always defined itself as a city of peace, has quoted Pope Francis and has defended that war is a “barbaric act” that should abolish during the 21st century.

“From Barcelona, ​​from a city of peace, I want to claim peace as a fundamental element, as a fundamental value that is being attacked today as a result of the autocrat Putin, and as a fundamental value of concord, of understanding among peoples”, he added.


Sánchez has defended that this center is an “example of collaboration, cooperation and institutional coordination” and has thanked the work of the Government, the Generalitat, the City Council and the Barcelona Provincial Council, the NGOs and Fira de Barcelona.

He has assured that these institutions are being the “echo of this current and of this demand for solidarity from all the Barcelona, ​​Catalan and Spanish societies” to welcome Ukrainian refugees.

During his visit, Sánchez has made the route that refugees take when they arrive at the center: he has started by going to the ‘stand’ where people arriving from Ukraine are registered, he has passed through the waiting room and has approached the tables that he has Creu Roja to determine the needs of each of these refugees.

Next, he visited the National Police post where refugees apply for temporary protection, went through the information points that the Generalitat and the Barcelona City Council have, and went to the children’s area, where there are dogs that are used for therapy and where he has talked and played with some of the children.

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