|Kiev, three EU premieres in conversation with Zelensky|
Peacekeeping mission "NATO "protected by armed forces" to ensure the arrival of humanitarian aid to Ukraine: Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, requested it, on a mission to Kiev with Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, and of Slovenia, Janez Jansa, the first foreign leader since the start of the Russian invasion three weeks ago. The trio arrived in the capital under curfew after a long train journey to bring European solidarity: "This is where, in war-torn Kiev, history is made", tweeted Poland's Morawiecki, "here is freedom against world tyranny.
Here is our future. each hangs in the balance. The EU supports Ukraine, which can count on the help of its friends ". The idea for the trip was put forward at the European Council of Versailles although Brussels determined that the three leaders had no mandate from the Union. Kaczynski, founder of the far-right conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in government since 2015, is considered the most influential figure in the Polish executive. So his proposal for NATO power is very significant. "This mission cannot be an unarmed mission, but it must be capable of defending itself to operate on Ukrainian territory", Kaczynski underlined in a press conference, "it should probably have a wider international structure and try to provide humanitarian and peaceful assistance to Ukraine". The delegation arrived in the capital shaken by the bombings that left at least five deaths and faced a 35-hour curfew to deal with the imminent danger of an attack from Russian troops.
The leaders were greeted by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelesnsky, and by the prime minister, Denys Chmygal: "Your visit to Kiev in these difficult times for Ukraine is a strong signal of support. We really appreciate it because you are not afraid of anything ..and you are more afraid of our fate," Zelensky said. "We have complete confidence in these countries and are 100% confident that our discussions will achieve the goals for our country, our security and our future," he added. The Polish prime minister, for his part, stressed that the EU must "quickly grant candidate status to Ukraine" and "Europe must understand that if Ukraine loses, it will never be the same".
His Czech counterpart, Petr Fiala, said that the "main aim" of the visit to Kiev was to tell the Ukrainians that "they are not alone" in their fight against the Russian invasion. The Czech prime minister said he wanted to reassure Ukrainians that we are "hosting your wife and children" and giving them "shelter".
Earlier, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, in Kiev. The latter confirmed this on Twitter, underlining that Landsbergis was "the prime minister of foreign affairs who visited Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion". "Lithuania's support is strong both bilaterally and within the EU and NATO - added Kuleba - We are working to accelerate Ukraine's accession to the EU. Russia must be held accountable for its crimes".