We must stop this war, Polish PM says in Kyiv

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia must be stopped as soon as possible to end the suffering of civilians and devastation of the country, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.

Morawiecki made a surprising train trip to Kyiv on Tuesday together with his Czech and Slovenian counterparts and Jarosław Kaczyński, a Polish deputy prime minister.

On Tuesday afternoon, in a Facebook post, Morawiecki confirmed the delegation's arrival in the Ukrainian capital.

"This war is an outcome of actions of a cruel tyrant who is attacking defenceless civilians, shelling cities and hospitals in Ukraine," the Polish prime minister wrote.

"As a consequence, the world has lost a sense of security and innocent people are dying and losing all their property," Morawiecki added.

"We must stop this tragedy that is taking place in the East as soon as possible," Morawiecki went on to say. "This is why Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, Prime Ministers Petr Fiala and Janez Jansa and I are all in Kyiv."

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and Kyiv has been under attack from Russian forces since that time. The Ukrainian capital is seen as the key target of Moscow. Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has refused to leave the city.