Czech, Polish, Slovenian PMs Meet Zelenskyy In Kyiv
The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia traveled to Kyiv and met face-to-face with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to showcase the EU's support for the country, Euronews reported.
Photo Insert: The trip came as Kyiv's mayor imposed a curfew on the capital, warning of a "difficult and dangerous moment" as Russian troops intensify bombardments.
"It is here, that freedom fights against the world of tyranny. It is here that the future of us all hangs in the balance," said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the trip. The trip came as Kyiv's mayor imposed a curfew on the capital, warning of a "difficult and dangerous moment" as Russian troops intensify bombardments.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the visit was a "strong sign of support" during a difficult time that was appreciated.
"The purpose of the visit is to confirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union (EU) for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wrote on Facebook.
Fiala added the purpose of the visit was to present a "broad package" of support for the country. Besides Zelenskyy, who has been in contact with Western leaders since the war broke out, they also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
"Europe must guarantee Ukraine's independence and ensure that it is ready to help in Ukraine's reconstruction," Morawiecki said on Twitter when announcing the trip. Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński also traveled with the EU leaders.
Slovenian PM Janez Janša said the visit will send the message that "every path in Ukraine is a European path," in reference to the country's application to join the bloc, which is now being reviewed by the European Commission.