Polish president says he'll remember Ukraine trip for 'rest of life'

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The Polish president has said he will remember his visit to Ukraine, during which he saw first-hand the destruction caused by Russia’s invasion, for the rest of his life.

President Andrzej Duda, along with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, travelled to Ukraine on Wednesday.

While there, they met Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, but also saw towns near Kyiv shattered by the fighting.

"This surely is one of the visits which I will remember for the rest of my life," Duda said upon his return from Kyiv on Thursday morning, in south-eastern town of Przemysl.

Duda said he would never forget the town of Borodyanka near Kyiv, "the scene of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, where you can still see what the remains of armoured vehicles and tanks."

The president also said that the capital of Kyiv "is a city which is ready to defend itself."

"It can be seen that it is a city which has recently withstood a siege, but when you are in Kyiv, when you are looking at its streets, you can be absolutely sure that it was ready to defend itself until the very end," Duda added.

Duda also said he had been deeply impressed by "the extreme determination of Ukraine's defenders to fight for their homeland."