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Ukrainian FM asks for more Western support amid war with Russia

01.04.2022 20:30
Ukraine’s foreign minister on Friday urged partners to provide "even more support" amid Russia's continuing invasion of his country. 
Ukraines Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks to reporters at the Ukrainian embassy in the Polish capital Warsaw on Friday, April 1, 2022.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks to reporters at the Ukrainian embassy in the Polish capital Warsaw on Friday, April 1, 2022.Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

Speaking during a visit to Warsaw, Dmytro Kuleba said that arms supplies and further sanctions against Moscow were of key importance, Poland's PAP news agency reported.

Ukraine’s top diplomat told reporters in Warsaw: “We are grateful to all the partners, Germany, France, for what they’ve done already. But the war continues and so even more needs to be done.”

He added that “every country that cares about security in Europe, that cares about saving the lives of people, cities, villages in Ukraine, has a moral obligation to provide Ukraine with all the necessary military equipment.”

Kuleba emphasised that humanitarian aid was “necessary too,” but it was not enough “because what is at stake is peace in Europe, the security of all Europeans,” the Polish state news agency reported.

‘Poland leads way in renouncing Russian energy’

Friday’s news conference wrapped up the Ukrainian foreign minister’s visit to Poland. It comprised meetings with Polish leaders including President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, news outlets reported.

Kuleba told Friday’s briefing that his talks in Poland had focused on “several important issues,” such as “coordination of efforts to increase the sanctions squeeze on Russia, a ban on trade with Russia and support for Ukraine’s defences.”

He said that Poland was "leading the discussion on rejecting Russian energy resources.”

Ukraine’s top diplomat also thanked Polish people who had opened their homes to war refugees, and the country's lawmakers for legislating wide-ranging support for Ukrainians fleeing the war, PAP reported. 

“We will never forget the care and goodness that we received here,” Kuleba said.

Friday was day 37 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland on Friday reported it had welcomed more than 2.4 million refugees fleeing Russia's war on Ukraine.

The Polish president last month signed into law a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion of their country, which began on February 24.

The measure grants them legal residence in Poland and ensures access to education, healthcare and social benefits.


Source: IAR, PAP