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Zelensky lauds ‘Polish-Ukrainian alliance based on truth’

04.05.2022 07:15
The leaders of war-torn Ukraine have sent their best wishes to Poland to mark its Constitution Day.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Photo: PAP/EPA/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Poland on Tuesday celebrated 231 years since the adoption of its pioneering constitution of May 3, 1791. 

It was the first modern supreme law in Europe and the second worldwide, after the American constitution, according to historians.

‘We stand on the same side in the struggle for world democracy”: Ukrainian PM

Ukraine’s prime minister sent his best wishes for the occasion, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Denys Shmyhal said in a Polish-language tweet: “Best wishes to Poland and the Polish nation on their Constitution Day.”

He added: “Rights and freedoms are humanity’s big treasure. We appreciate the fact that today, our countries and societies stand on the same side in the struggle for world democracy.” 

The Ukrainian prime minister thanked his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki for solidarity. 

Morawiecki thanked Shmyhal for his wishes, saying: “Today, free Ukraine stands up for the same values that inspired Poland's reformers and defenders in 1791.”

‘Long live free Poland! Long live free Ukraine!': Zelensky

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s president thanked the Polish people for their friendship and support for his country. 

Volodymyr Zelensky said in a special video message: “Polish brothers and sisters! We have succeeded in forming an extremely powerful alliance, based on truth and reality, not words on paper.”

He added: “Ukrainian honour and Polish pride. Ukrainian boldness in battle and Polish sincerity in giving help. This is our greatness and your greatness. This is a struggle for our freedom, but also for your freedom. This is a shared history of great nations.”

Zelensky concluded in Polish: Long live free Poland! Long live free Ukraine!”

On Tuesday evening, he spoke on the phone to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, according to officials. 

Zelensky congratulated Poland on its constitutional tradition, reporters were told.

The call with the Polish president also focused on “sanctions, countering Russian aggression, assistance to Ukraine and the postwar reconstruction of the country,” officials said. 

Wednesday is day 70 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland on Tuesday reported it had welcomed over 3.1 million refugees fleeing Russia's war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPprezydent.pl