Following reports of the tense situation in Donbas, President Volodymyr Zelensky decided to personally visit the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. He will meet Ukrainian soldiers on the front line, the office of the head of state reported. Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, pays an urgent visit to Kiev on Thursday in connection with the “threat to peace at the borders of Ukraine”.
Zelenskiy goes to Donbas as the commander of the armed forces to talk to the military and to support the morale (in the original – fighting spirit – ed.) Of the defenders “- stated in a press release on the president’s website. difficult times in Donbas. I’m going to the escalation positions, “Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter. He also offered condolences over the death of a 23-year-old military man who was killed in shelling last night.
“Ukraine needs peace and will do whatever it takes to achieve this,” he stressed.
On Thursday, the headquarters of the Joint Armed Forces Operation of Ukraine announced that from the beginning of the day until At 7 a.m., the enemy’s forces violated the truce in force since July five times. Fire was opened on Ukrainian positions four times, as a result of which a soldier was killed – it was specified. Civilian infrastructure was also fired upon.
The Ukrainian Pravda website points out that this is the eleventh death on the side of the Ukrainian army in the last two weeks.
In the past day, the forces of pro-Russian separatists violated the truce seven times, and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded, the staff said. It was emphasized that Ukrainian forces opened fire in response.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau will pay an “urgent” visit to Kiev on Thursday in connection with the “threat to peace at the borders of Ukraine”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw reported. The ministry said that Rau’s visit began with a meeting with the head of Ukrainian diplomacy. It was noted that Rau and Kułeba paid tribute to the memory of thousands of victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine outside the walls of the Mikhailovsky Council in Kiev.
“I am pleased to welcome Zbigniew Rau during his extraordinary visit to Kiev,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter. The minister stressed that while Russia “increases the security threat to Ukraine, Europe and the transatlantic community,” it is important to strengthen the Ukrainian-Polish strategic partnership. He added that Poland is “a longtime ally and trusted friend”.
In another entry, in Ukrainian, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy indicated that the ministerial meeting was scheduled for a later date. “But due to the situation, Zbigniew Rau corrected his plans and came to Kiev earlier at my invitation,” added Kuleba.
The fights between Ukrainian forces and the Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, which have been going on since 2014, have claimed over 13,000 lives.
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