Ukraine, Zelensky in Poland

For the president, talks with senior Polish officials and meetings with Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Poland on an official visit to the capital Warsaw. This was announced by Polish foreign policy adviser Marcin Przydacz to TVN24.

Zelensky will have talks with senior Polish officials and to meet with Ukrainian refugees who have found refuge in Poland. The Ukrainian president is also expected to meet Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. In the evening, Zelensky and Duda plan to meet in the Royal Castle in Warsaw with Ukrainian citizens who have found refuge in Poland since the beginning of the war with Russia. Both heads of state will give speeches.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Zelensky has traveled abroad only very rarely. In February he visited London, Paris and Brussels. Zelensky’s first international trip was to the United States, followed by Poland – both in December.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Poland has taken in around 1.6 million war refugees from neighboring Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, much of the support for refugees has been provided by citizen and private initiatives.

Poland, a member of the European Union and NATO, has also repeatedly asked for Western military aid for Ukraine.

Warsaw exerted long-term pressure on Berlin to deliver Leopard 2 tanks. In addition, Poland played an important function as a logistics hub for military support from the West.