Andrzej Duda turns into the primary overseas chief to deal with Ukraine’s parliament because the begin of Russia’s struggle.
Poland’s president has travelled to Kyiv to grow to be the primary overseas chief to deal with the Ukrainian parliament because the begin of Russia’s struggle on Ukraine.
Ukrainian legislators stood on Sunday to applaud Polish President Andrzej Duda, who thanked them for the honour of talking in a spot the place, he stated, “the center of a free, unbiased and democratic Ukraine beats”, based on remarks carried by the Polish state-run information company PAP.
“The free world has the face of Ukraine,” Duda advised the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature.
“Regardless of the good destruction, regardless of the horrible crimes, the good struggling that the Ukrainian nation experiences day by day, the Russian invaders didn’t break you, they didn’t handle to do it and I consider deeply that they’ll by no means succeed,” he stated.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as the speech by the Polish president a “historic second”.
Poland and Ukraine’s “sturdy” relations had been “constructed by means of blood, by means of Russian aggression”, Zelenskyy stated.
Poland has emerged as certainly one of Ukraine’s foremost allies, turning into a serious gateway for Western humanitarian assist and weapons going into the nation, and can be a transit level for some overseas fighters, together with from Belarus, who’ve volunteered to battle in opposition to Russian forces.
Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi underlined the significance of the shock go to by the Polish president, and the importance of Duda turning into the primary head of state to deal with Ukraine’s parliament in Kyiv because the Russian invasion was launched in February.
“In contrast to international locations like Germany and France which have sturdy, historically sturdy enterprise and political ties to Russia, which have tried to strike a much more balanced and sensible diplomatic method by way of coping with Russia and Ukraine, all through this battle, Poland has fallen squarely on the facet of Ukraine,” Basravi stated reporting from Kyiv.
Basravi stated that Poland “is aware of, its leaders know, that if Ukraine falls, then out of the blue the entrance line turns into the Polish border”.
“And to that impact, the Polish president talking right here, within the capital, had a really clear message for world leaders, for his counterparts in Europe – that there may be no enterprise with Russia after what its forces have performed in locations like Mariupol, Borodyanka, and north of Kyiv within the metropolis of Bucha,” he stated.
Zelenskyy additionally introduced on Sunday that Polish residents in Ukraine will probably be granted the identical rights that Ukrainian refugees are at present receiving in Poland. Poland has granted the appropriate to stay and work and declare social safety funds to greater than 3 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.