Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed a letter of intent on cooperation in the supply of defense equipment, in particular the Rosomak APC. – Today we told ourselves that there are already several hundred Polish companies ready to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine. They will also have priority in what will happen as soon as possible after Ukraine’s victory, i.e. the reconstruction of this country, Morawiecki said.
President Ukraine pays an official visit to Poland on Wednesday. Volodymyr Zelensky met the president in the morning Andrzej Dudaand then in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister – with the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
President Zelensky’s visit to Poland
The head of the Polish government emphasized after the meeting that President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Poland was a “manifestation of gratitude.” Poland “turned out to be a truly brotherly country.”
– Ukraine buys from us armaments manufactured in Polish factories, and it must be emphasized that the arms we have handed over so far, also the ones we sell, such as Rosomaks, which stand behind us here, as well as three companies of Raków, or even Kraby, which they went to Ukraine and they work very well there, it is also a weapon that in the future may constitute an important part of the armament of the Ukrainian army, because it already constitutes an important part of the armament of the Polish army said the Prime Minister.
He also added: – We deliver very good equipment, including Pioruny, because we also talked about them and they will also be very important for Ukraine and Poland in the future.
The details of the meeting were announced by the government spokesman after the meeting in a Twitter post: “One of the main topics of the talks was the issue of the purchase of Polish military equipment by the Ukrainian side, which buys 150 Rosomaks, three company fire modules RAK, 100 missiles for PIORUN missile systems from Polish plants” – he wrote.
“Recently, Ukraine has placed orders in Poland for significant amounts of Polish-made armament – Krab howitzers, Grot carbines and Rosomak armored personnel carriers. This is a great success of the Polish defense industry,” the statement published on the government website said.
On Sunday, during a visit to the Rosomak plant in Siemianowice, owned by PGZ, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced an order for the Rosomak vehicles for Ukraine; the transaction is to be financed from US and EU funds.
The president of PGZ, Sebastian Chwałek, announced that the vehicles will be delivered in various versions, depending on the customer’s requirements, and the exact configuration of the armament will be the subject of detailed discussions. He expressed confidence that the Finnish party, which is the car’s licensor, would accept the sale.
Rosomak is a licensed version of the AMV (Armored Modular Vehicle) 8×8 wheeled armored personnel carrier from the Finnish company Patria. Rak, on the other hand, are self-propelled mortars built on the Rosomak chassis, manufactured in Huta Stalowa Wola SA. Pioruny, on the other hand, are portable rocket systems used to fight enemy air forces over short distances, manufactured by the Mesko plant.
“Several hundred Polish companies ready to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine”
– The achievements of the last year are not only the strengthening of Polish-Ukrainian relations, but also the construction of a peace plan and an economic plan for the future – said the Prime Minister.
– Today we told ourselves that there are already several hundred Polish companies ready to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine. They will also have priority in what will happen as soon as possible after Ukraine’s victory, i.e. the reconstruction of this country. That is why this visit is also extremely important, because today we are shaping the image of Europe for the future – said Morawiecki.
Earlier, in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, in the presence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a memorandum on cooperation in the reconstruction of Ukraine and an agreement on cooperation in the joint production of 125 mm tank ammunition were signed.
Memorandum on economic cooperation
“Strengthening economic cooperation between Poland and Ukraine in the reconstruction of our eastern neighbor – this is the goal of the memorandum signed today by the Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov” – the Ministry of Development and Technology announced in a press release.
Poland and Ukraine have agreed to cooperate in rebuilding Ukraine after the end of the war with Russia, and in the meantime jointly produce the 125mm tank shells that Ukraine needs to repel the Russian invasion.
The documents were signed in the presence of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Żeleński and the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
– The war is still going on, so ongoing assistance and responding to current needs is now a priority. However, we also want to support Ukraine later, in its post-war reconstruction. In cooperation with our allies, partners and international institutions, we want to play an important role in the reconstruction of Ukraine. Poland’s experience as a logistic center for ongoing aid can be extended to a logistic center for the reconstruction of Ukraine, said Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda.
– The reconstruction of Ukraine is not only the reconstruction of buildings, but also the modernization of the country and reforms enabling membership, e.g. in the European Union. Support for reconstruction also means the exchange of experience and know-how. We declare support for Ukraine in the process of adapting legislation to EU requirements, he added.
The Ukrainian side will provide cyclical information about plans and projects, including announced tenders, implemented under the National Program for Reconstruction of Ukraine.
The Polish side declares its readiness to inform Ukrainian partners about Polish enterprises interested in participating in the reconstruction of Ukraine, including the supply of necessary materials and products.
As reported, over 2,100 Polish companies applied to participate in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the war, the Polish-Ukrainian border has been crossed by over 10 million people fleeing from the war. Approx. 1.5 million Ukrainian citizens are still in Poland. There are also entrepreneurs among them. Thanks to the Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine, adopted in March 2022, entrepreneurs from this country who have obtained a PESEL number in Poland can set up and run a company on the same terms as Polish citizens.
During the war year – from February 24, 2022 to March 31 this year. – the CEIDG database received approx. 25,000 registration applications business Ukrainian citizens in Poland.
Main photo source: PAP/Rafał Guz