Volodymyr Zelensky met with Andrzej Duda on his way back to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stopped in Poland on his way back to Ukraine to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Both leaders met in the southeastern city of Rzeszów for a two hours meeting, during which they discussed burning security issues in the region.


The upcoming NATO summit, which is scheduled on 11-12 July in Vilnius was one of the main topics of the discussion. Duda and Zelensky also discussed the situation on the frontline, underlining the need for additional efforts to provide military support for the armed forces of Ukraine in the midst of the Russian aggression.

Both leaders also spoke of sanctions. President Zelensky thanked his Polish counterpart for the support Warsaw has provided to Ukraine since the beginning of the war. 

According to Ukrinform, there may be more than 3 million Ukrainian citizens in Poland today. Around 185,000 Ukrainian children went to Polish schools at the start of the academic year.

A recent study carried out by the University of Łódź revealed that at least half of the Ukrainian refugees residing in Poland worked, while one in four was seeking employment. Ukrainians have thus become significant contributors to the country’s tax system via social security payments.


Since 24 February, when Russia launched its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, almost 10 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, according to the Polish Border Guard (SG). 

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

Image: Twitter (@prezydentpl)


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