Ukraine has applauded the bravery of three European politicians who traveled by rail from Poland to Kyiv in a gesture of support as the capital was subjected to more Russian attacks.
On Tuesday evening, the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky while a curfew was imposed in Kyiv.
Following that, the Czech president assured Ukrainians that they are “not alone.”
The delegation is the first group of Western politicians to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded the country.
In a tweet, Petr Fiala said, “We applaud your valiant fight.” “We know you’re fighting for our lives as well. You are not alone; our countries are with you.”
Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland has stated that if Ukraine is lost, Europe will never be the same.
It would be a “defeated, humiliated, and sad imitation of its previous self,” he wrote.
The president of Ukraine is quoted as telling the delegation, “Your visit is a significant message of solidarity for Ukraine.”
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Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s prime minister, stated on Twitter that “devastating” penalties against Russia had been discussed, including “recognition of Russia as a terrorist sponsor.”
During the conference, there were explosions.
During the negotiations, huge explosions could be heard across Kyiv from fighting on the capital’s western outskirts.
The European Union stated that the lawmakers did not have any specific mandate, but that leaders in Brussels were aware of the trip because it was mentioned during an informal EU summit last week in Versailles, France.
Marcin Przydacz, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, agreed that the trip was risky, but that it was “worth taking for the sake of values.”
He said that the Russians had been informed about the visit.
The leaders chose to travel by train since flying by Polish military jet could have been seen as extremely provocative by Russia.
It was unclear when their train would arrive in Warsaw for the return journey.
Ukraine’s president has asked Nato to enforce a no-fly zone over his country’s airspace on numerous occasions, but Nato has refused.
Mr. Zelensky stated that Ukrainians now understand that they will not be able to join NATO.
“We’d heard for years that the doors were open, but that we wouldn’t be able to enter.
It’s a fact that must be acknowledged.
I’m delighted our people are starting to realize this and relying on themselves and our partners for assistance.”