A meeting was held on Wednesday evening in the courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, during which President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was visiting Poland, gave speeches to Poles and Ukrainians staying in our country. Already two hours earlier, a long queue of people who wanted to listen to them had formed at the security checkpoint on Plac Zamkowy.
On Wednesday, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived on an official visit to Warsaw. The culminating point were the speeches at Zamkowy Square. The president of Poland was the first to speak. During his speech in the courtyard of the Royal Castle, Andrzej Duda recalled the conversation he had with the President of Ukraine on the eve of Russian aggression against Ukraine in February last year. He recalled that he heard from the Ukrainian leader that they might not meet again.
Then, the president of Ukraine began his speech with a phrase in Polish. – Hello, Warsaw, hello Poland, great Polish nation and great Ukrainian nation. Here, arm in arm, united in this square, in the spirit of freedom, great history and glorious victory, to which we are approaching together – he said.
– Each successful Ukrainian battle also provides protection for Polish independence. There is no longer such a force that would prevail over the Ukrainian and Polish brotherhood – said Volodymyr Zelensky.
The meeting took place in the courtyard and was attended by invited guests. Residents of Warsaw, guests from all over Poland and Ukrainians staying in our country could watch the speeches on large screens set up on Zamkowy Square, where crowds turned up.
“We will build a future without fear of Russian missiles”
As reported by Paweł Łukasik after 6.30 pm, those willing to enter Zamkowy Square stood in a long queue. Poles and Ukrainians were waiting.
– We came from Lodz to participate in a historic moment. As a Pole, I feel proud that we have the opportunity to participate in this event – said one of the Poles waiting for the presidents’ speech.
– For me, it’s like feeling part of the family home – added the Ukrainian accompanying him.
Polish and Ukrainian flags
People waiting in the square brought with them Ukrainian and Polish flags, as well as portraits of Volodymyr Zelensky.
– I am going to this meeting with pride – said a young Ukrainian woman who has been living in Poland for 10 years in an interview with a reporter. “I just want to see our president live,” she said.
Other interlocutors of Paweł Łukasik indicated that they had come to show support for President Zelensky and the entire fighting Ukrainian nation.
The reporter also asked people standing in line what expectations they had of the planned speech. – I really hope that he will say that this Polish-Ukrainian cooperation will be permanent, strategic, equal and that we will build a future for our children without fear of Russian missiles – said a member of the Przemyśl center of the Union of Ukrainians in Poland.
Main photo source: TVN24