From the beginning, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s first official go to to Poland since Russia invaded Ukraine was a gathering of buddies.
It was a show of heat and solidarity, in addition to a number of public hugs.
The Ukrainian president was handled to a hero’s welcome as he visited his closest neighbour.
His counterpart, Andrzej Duda, gave him the total purple carpet remedy and the Polish troops greeted him as a revered chief.
On the street, a number of the million Ukrainian refugees given shelter by Poland had been amongst followers queuing to get a glimpse of Mr Zelenskyy.
“I am very excited. My coronary heart is thrashing proper now. I need to see him. I need to see him even from the gap,” stated refugee Marusia, who had her nation’s flag wrapped round her shoulder.
Johanna, a instructor, instructed us: “I believe he is a superhero. He is an incredible man.”
The Polish president clearly shared their sentiment and introduced Mr Zelenskyy with Poland’s highest award for excellent people.
Then the Ukrainian chief took the chance to specific his gratitude in return.
“I need to thanks for the truth that you, our highly effective neighbours, didn’t and don’t permit us to interrupt, for the truth that you assist us. If Ukraine falls, we all know that Russia won’t cease there and can go additional,” stated Mr Zelenskyy.
And there’s a lot to be thankful for.
Just a few hours away within the Polish countryside, Ukrainian troops had been being educated to make use of Leopard 2 tanks.
Poland has been instrumental in serving to to safe weapons and help for Ukraine.
It is a small worth for the sacrifices being made throughout the border, based on Mr Duda.
“Nobody anticipated Ukraine would stand for thus lengthy [or] that defenders of Ukraine could be so heroic. The defenders are heroic as a result of the president turned out to be heroic,” he stated.
Wednesday’s assembly wasn’t nearly reaffirming friendship – it was additionally about constructing credit score for the longer term.
The longer the battle goes on, the extra it should have an effect on individuals residing in neighbouring international locations.
Ukraine is aware of it should preserve the general public on its aspect to make sure ongoing army and monetary help.
For now, that is not an issue in Poland.
It is clear Mr Zelenskyy has stolen the hearts of many on this nation.