Polish president condoles Kharkiv air crash victims

Polish president condoles Kharkiv air crash victims Sergey Khrupov/PAP/EPA

President Andrzej Duda has forwarded condolences to the victims of Friday's crash of a Ukrainian air force plane near Kharkiv in east Ukraine.

In a message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Duda wrote that he was moved by the tragedy, and extended words of sympathy on his own behalf and that of the Polish people.

"I wish to extend expressions of deepest sympathy on behalf of the Polish people and my own. I assure you that at this painful time we extend our sorrow and mourning to the families of the victims and the Ukrainian people," Duda wrote.

In a condolence post on Twitter Duda wrote that the crash signified "an unimaginable loss" to the families of the victims and the Ukrainian state, adding that he "shared in the pain of those who are suffering."

Condolences were also extended by Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.

At least 22 people, among them military cadets, were killed and two seriously injured in a crash of a Ukrainian air force plane on Friday near Kharkiv in east Ukraine. Most of the dead were students at the Kharkiv national air force University.

There were 27 people on board the machine, including 20 cadets and seven crew.