Poland requested, on Tuesday, the formation of a NATO “peace mission” with “the protection of armed forces” in order to help Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced Tuesday evening.
“This mission cannot be unarmed. It must seek to provide humanitarian and peaceful assistance in Ukraine,” the Polish news agency quoted Kaczynski as saying.
Kaczynski, along with the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, participated in the evening meeting in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denis Shmygal.
The visit is the first of its kind for foreign leaders to the Ukrainian capital since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine.
“I think that a NATO peace mission should be formed, with the possibility of later having a broader international structure, that should be a mission capable of defending itself and operating on the ground on Ukrainian territory,” Kaczynski said.
He stressed that “the presence of the mission on the territory of the country must be accompanied by the approval of the Ukrainian president and government,” and that “the mission must not be without defensive capabilities.”
Kaczynski, who is also the leader of Poland’s conservative party, stated that the mission “will seek to establish peace, provide humanitarian assistance but at the same time will be protected by appropriate forces, armed forces.”
Upscale visit by train
Earlier, the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia arrived in Kyiv, on Tuesday evening, by train, to confirm the “support of European Union Absolute” for Ukraine, as announced by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on his Facebook account.
“We must put an end to this tragedy in the east as soon as possible. That is why I, Deputy Prime Minister (Polish) Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Prime Ministers (Czech and Slovenian) Petr Fiala and Janez Jansa came to Kyiv,” Morawiecki wrote.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyal confirmed their arrival via Twitter, praising the “courage of true friends of Ukraine” and noting that their discussions would focus on “supporting Ukraine and strengthening sanctions against Russian aggression.”
The Polish government announced on Tuesday morning in a statement that the three prime ministers are on their way to Kyiv “as representatives of the European Council in order to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Prime Minister Shmyhal there.”
The purpose of the visit is to “reaffirm the absolute support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to present a comprehensive package of measures to support the Ukrainian state and society,” the statement posted on the Polish government’s website said.
European sources in Brussels reported that although the three prime ministers are members of the European Council and therefore represent it, they do not have an official mandate from the Council.
It is reported that French President Emmanuel Macron had no such mandate when he went to Moscow.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel were informed of this trip on the sidelines of the Versailles summit on Friday, to be confirmed on Monday evening, according to the same source.