Polish president appeals to Putin to halt war decision

Duda came to Kiev together with his Lithuanian counterpart, Gitanas Nauseda, on Wednesday, in a show of support for Ukraine. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/PAP/EPA

Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, appealed in Kiev on Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin and "Russian decision-makers" to halt an order to start military operations against Ukraine.

Russia officially recognised Ukraine's two breakaway eastern provinces on Monday, sparking a spate of Western sanctions.

"We appeal to Vladimir Putin and the decision-makers in Russia to halt the issuance of an order to start a military operation against Ukraine," Duda said.

Duda came to Kiev together with his Lithuanian counterpart, Gitanas Nauseda, on Wednesday, in a show of support for Ukraine. At a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Lithuanian head of state, Duda warned against a potential war.

According to the Polish president, there is "a narrow path between peace and further stable development and war."

"Poland strongly condemns Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise the self-declared republics on Ukrainian territory by the Russian Federation," Duda continued.

"The decision undermines Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty in a stark and unquestionable way," Duda said.