Polish, Czech, and Slovenian prime ministers met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Tuesday, in what was the first visit by foreign leaders to the Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian invasion.
Shortly after arriving in Kyiv by train, the three leaders discussed the situation with Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Chmyhal.
“They are bombing everywhere. Not just Kyiv, but also the western regions,” Ukraine’s head of state said in a video posted on Telegram.
After the meeting, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki encouraged the European Union (EU) to “very quickly give Ukraine candidate ‘status'”, adding that they will “try to organize defensive weapons”.
“We will never leave you alone. We will be with you [Ukrainians] because we know that you are not only fighting for your freedom, for your home, and for your security but also for us”, continued on Twitter Mateusz Morawiecki.
The head of the Polish Government, the Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, and the Slovenian Prime Minister, Janez Jansa, went to Kyiv to affirm the “unequivocal support” of the European Union ( EU) to Ukraine.
Denis Chmyhal praised “the courage of Ukraine’s true friends”.
This is the first visit by foreign leaders to the Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian offensive on 24 February.
The encounter comes at a time when Russian forces are trying to encircle Kyiv.
This morning, the Polish Government announced that the three prime ministers were traveling to Kyiv “as representatives of the European Council, to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Chmygal”, according to a government statement.
The purpose of the visit is “to reaffirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to present a comprehensive package of measures to support the Ukrainian state and society”, maintains the text published on the Government’s website from Poland.
A European source in Brussels indicated that, although they are members of the European Council, the three heads of government do not have an official mandate, as there were no conclusions in the material formally adopted in Versailles (France).
It is also recalled that French President Emmanuel Macron also did not have a mandate when he went to Moscow.
Today’s travel plan was communicated to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the sidelines of the Versailles summit last Friday, then confirmed on Monday night, according to the same source.
The preparations were managed by Morawiecki who consulted again with Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel on Monday.
The Russian offensive intensified in Ukraine on Tuesday, with a series of attacks in Kyiv, despite the resumption of negotiations aimed at reaching a ceasefire and a major surrender by Volodymyr Zelensky, who said he was prepared to give up membership of the BORN.
At least four people died and about 40 others were rescued alive from a building in a western district of Kyiv after a Russian attack, according to a report by local authorities.
Source: with agencies