© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks to press as he arrives for an emergency European Union (EU) summit at The European Council Constructing, on the scenario in Ukraine after Russia launched an invasion in Brussels, Belgium February


By Jan Lopatka and Pawel Florkiewicz

PRAGUE/WARSAW (Reuters) -The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday in a present of high-level backing for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who briefed them on the conflict with Russia.

The three, who got here by practice, had been the primary overseas leaders to go to the capital since Russia invaded final month.

“Your go to to Kyiv at this tough time for Ukraine is a powerful signal of assist. We actually respect it,” Zelenskiy stated in an internet put up.

Temporary footage launched by his workplace confirmed him talking in Ukrainian and English to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech counterpart Petr Fiala and Slovenia’s Janez Jansa, who had been additionally as a consequence of meet Ukrainian officers.

Additionally in attendance was Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chief of the nation’s ruling PiS social gathering, who’s seen as the primary decision-maker within the nation.

Russian air strikes and shelling hit Kyiv on Tuesday killing no less than 4 folks, authorities stated, as invading forces tightened their grip and the mayor introduced a 35-hour curfew.

“It’s right here, in war-torn Kyiv, that historical past is being made. It’s right here, that freedom fights in opposition to the world of tyranny. It’s right here that the way forward for us all hangs within the stability,” Morawiecki wrote on Twitter (NYSE:).

The Czech Republic and Poland, former communist members of each the EU and NATO, have been among the many strongest backers of Ukraine in Europe because the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal hailed what he stated was the “braveness of true buddies” and stated the leaders would focus on assist for Ukraine and additional sanctions.

Polish state-run broadcaster TVP Information reported that Morawiecki and Kaczynski additionally went to satisfy the Kyiv authorities.

Fiala stated the choice to go to was taken in session with European Council President Charles Michel and European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen.

The thought of the journey was agreed at an EU leaders’ summit in Versailles in France final week, Dworczyk stated.

However an EU official stated there was no “formal mandate” prolonged by Brussels.

“It is a very legitimate initiative. Each initiative to carry peace again to Ukraine is in fact welcome,” the official stated. “Some leaders may additionally surprise: will this jeopardize or will this enhance situations for negotiations with the Russians. It stays to be seen, in fact. It is a nice line.”

Russia calls its actions a “particular army operation” to “denazify” Ukraine, which Kyiv and its Western allies reject as a pretext for an unjustified and unlawful assault.

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