Ukraine congratulates Polish leader — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
President Vladimir Zelensky celebrated the two countries’ ‘friendship’ weeks after granting Poles the same rights as Ukrainians
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky inaugurated the « Alley of Courage » in central kyiv on Tuesday, celebrating supporters of the fight against Russia. Located outside the national parliament, the venue is adorned with plaques embedded in the street reminiscent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who traveled to Kyiv to meet Zelensky, took part in the unveiling ceremony, receiving the first plaque at the site. This is the third time that Duda has visited Ukraine since hostilities began in late February.
“The name of Polish President Andrzej Duda will always be on this aisle. It is a symbol of courage, a symbol of friendship, a symbol of support for Ukraine when it is really needed,” he added. Zelensky said at the ceremony.
The aisle will include not only the names of political leaders, but also unspecified others « the partners » from the Western collective and elsewhere, who have been assisting the Ukrainian government since the beginning of the conflict, Zelensky added.
Poland has been among kyiv’s main supporters, having sent hundreds of tanks, long-range artillery systems and other military hardware to support Ukrainian forces in their fight against Russia. Moscow has repeatedly warned the Western collective against « pumping » Ukraine with arms, insisting that such aid would only prolong the conflict rather than change its ultimate outcome.
Last July, kyiv passed a bill guaranteeing Poles rights similar to those of Ukrainian citizens. Critics have warned that such a move could lead to the merging of countries and possibly the dissolution of the Ukrainian state in the future.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and « to create powerful armed forces. »
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.
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