Zelensky praises Polish, Czech, Slovenian PMs' arrival in Kyiv
The visit by the Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers to Kyiv on Tuesday is a strong proof of support, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said.
The Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers, Mateusz Morawiecki, Petr Fiala and Janez Jansa, and the Polish deputy prime minister for security, Jarosław Kaczyński, made a surprising train trip to Kyiv on Tuesday in an expression of support for Ukraine, which is fighting a Russian invasion.
"Your visit to Kyiv in this difficult time for Ukraine is a strong proof of support," Zelensky wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
"We appreciate it very much," he added.
On Tuesday afternoon, in a Facebook post, Morawiecki confirmed the delegation's arrival in the Ukrainian capital.
"This war is an outcome of the 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."
The trip is a reminder of a landmark visit to Georgia in 2008 by then Polish President Lech Kaczyński, who together with other peers from the region took a stance against the war Russia launched on the country.
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.