European leaders meet with President Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Tuesday. (Credit MORAWIECKI/Twitter)
Prime Ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic have reaffirmed their support for Ukraine by traveling to meet Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday evening in Kyiv.
The visit comes shortly after Kyiv’s mayor imposes a 36-hour-long curfew in the Capital.
The European Leaders, who went on a risky journey from Poland to Kyiv by train, were met with sounds of explosions as Russian missiles bombarded the Central city of Kyiv, on Tuesday.
Shortly after the meeting, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called for the European Union to “very quickly” grant Ukraine candidate status.
“We are here to admire your fight against such a cruel aggressor. This invasion has to stop,” Morawiecki said.
“Those who are killed by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, they can never be forgotten. They are not forgotten,” he added.
He further stressed that Poland, which shares a border with Ukraine, would help Ukraine organize its defenses.
“We will never leave you alone. We will be with you. Because we know you are fighting not only for your homes, for your freedom, for your security, but also for ours,” he said.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala described the in-person discourse with Zelenskyy as “something really special.”
“The main goal of our visit and the main message of our mission is to say to our Ukrainian friends that they are not alone, that Europe stands with you,” Fiala said.
Zelensky appreciated the EU leaders for their “wonderful support” when “so many other ambassadors have left Ukraine because of the full-scale Russian invasion.”
“Most important, is that we truly trust these leaders,” Zelensky said. “When we are talking about the security guarantees, about our future in the European Union, or when we talk about the sanctions policy, we are 100% assured that whatever we are discussing, whatever we talk about, this will reach a positive outcome for our country.”
The European leaders are the first to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.