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Three EU leaders visit Kyiv to show their support for Ukraine

As Russia continued to bomb Ukrainian cities on Tuesday, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia traveled to the capital Kyiv to demonstrate their support for the embattled country on behalf of the European Union.

Two massive explosions rocked the city of around 2.8 million people before dawn in what Ukrainian authorities described as artillery strikes. According to emergency services, two people died when a 15-story apartment building was hit.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the trip of the three leaders took place on the 20th day of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s “criminal aggression against Ukraine”.

“At such groundbreaking times for the world, it is our duty to be where history is forged. Because it’s not about us, it’s about the future of our children who deserve to live in a world free from tyranny,” he said on Facebook.

His top adviser, Michal Dwoczyk, told reporters that the delegation crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border by train after 8 a.m. local time.

Firefighters extinguish fires in an apartment building.
Ukrainian authorities said the blasts were artillery attacks.
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Firefighters recover the body of a woman.
Two people died when a 15-story apartment building was hit.
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Morawiecki was to be accompanied by Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the country’s ruling PiS party.


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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said in a statement that “the purpose of the visit is to confirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Head of Office of Polish Prime Minister Michal Dworczyk.
The head of the Polish Prime Minister’s Office, Michal Dworczyk, said that the delegation crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border by train after 8 a.m. local time.
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Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski accompanied Michal Dworczyk on the trip to Ukraine.
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that “the purpose of the visit is to confirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union”.
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Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša will visit Kyiv.
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Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša also attended the visit to Kyiv, which Fiala said was in consultation with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Meanwhile, Russian and Ukrainian negotiators also planned a second day of negotiations as the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine entered its 20th day.

Talks between the two sides failed to yield any breakthrough on Monday, although they did express some optimism.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russian and Ukrainian negotiators are planning a second day of negotiations.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered the 20th day.
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Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said negotiators would discuss “peace, a ceasefire, immediate troop withdrawals and security guarantees.”

The Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees say millions are facing food and medicine shortages and the threat of deadly shells and airstrikes.

According to the International Organization for Migration, the number of people who have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 passed 3 million on Tuesday.

Women cry in front of a destroyed house.
The number of people who have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 surpassed 3 million on Tuesday.
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A firefighter rests in front of a burning apartment building.
Millions of people face shortages of food and medicine, and the threat of deadly shells and airstrikes.
Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations has described the surge of people who have crossed Poland and other neighboring countries as Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

With mail wires

https://nypost.com/2022/03/15/three-eu-leaders-visit-kyiv-as-show-of-support-for-ukraine/ Three EU leaders visit Kyiv to show their support for Ukraine

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