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King Felipe of Spain denounces Ukraine war in Christmas message

In his annual Christmas message to the Spanish people, King Felipe VI strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its repercussions.

In his annual Christmas message to the Spanish people, King Felipe VI strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its repercussions.

The fighting has “already caused a level of destruction and ruin that is hard to imagine,” the king declared in his Christmas speech broadcast Saturday night on radio and television.

Felipe expressed concern about the impact of a conflict of “global significance” on Spain’s safety.

In light of this, he argued, Spain should “strengthen collective defence” with its allies.

However, peace with the world community must also be pursued.

The 54-year-old emphasised that democracy and membership in the European Union are “the two pillars” on which Spain’s present and future rest.

But Felipe warned that democracies now face three key risks: “division,” “deterioration of coexistence,” and “erosion of institutions.”

The president addressed the economic and energy challenges and inflation in several countries during his speech, which was filmed a few days ago and lasted about 12 minutes.

He claimed that this had a devastating effect on Spanish households.

He noted that people’s sense of safety is threatened by the recent price spike, mainly food.

Individuals and communities alike are making sacrifices, some of them substantial.

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