Ukraine cooperates with Poland, the UK against the threat of Russian aggression

KYIV, Ukraine — Britain, Poland and Ukraine are working to establish a trilateral partnership, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday, as he ordered a troop increase to prevent a possible invasion. out of Russia.

“We are creating a new form of political cooperation in Europe,” Zelensky said in his address to parliament on Tuesday, the day the prime ministers of Poland and Britain expected to visit Kyiv. Both countries have actively lobbied for international support for Ukraine and have agreed to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Kyiv: “This is the moment when all of Europe and the Western world must unite for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal in Kyiv.



Zelensky’s announcement was brief on specifics and did not involve a formal alliance, but it came amid a series of diplomatic activities and visits by North Treaty Organization partners. Ukraine’s Atlantic Ocean. Ukraine wants to become a member of NATO, an aspiration that Russia says it won’t accept. Moscow has massed more than 100,000 troops around Ukraine, in what Washington says may be preparation for an imminent invasion. Russia denies it seeks war.

Zelensky on Tuesday also signed a decree that will increase the size of the Ukrainian army by 100,000 troops within three years. “This decree is not because war is coming. This decree is for peace, peace in Ukraine, continues,” he said. The army currently has a limit of 261,000 troops.

Poland on Tuesday said it was ready to provide tens of thousands of shells and ammunition, GROM surface-to-air missiles, light infantry mortars and surveillance drones, as well as other equipment. to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses and send a signal to Moscow. .

Morawiecki also called on Germany not to start the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia with Germany, cite it as a serious security risk.

“Through the launch of this pipeline, Berlin is loading Putin with a pistol with which he can blackmail the whole of Europe,” he said.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his way to Kyiv.


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British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

was scheduled to meet Mr. Zelensky in Kyiv late Tuesday. Last month, the UK shipped thousands of anti-ship missiles to Ukraine and the British military is helping train members of the Ukrainian army.

“As a friend and democratic partner, the UK will continue to uphold Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of those who seek to destroy it,” Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter before his arrival.

Details on how the Ukraine-Polish-British partnership announced by Mr. Zelensky might work are rare. The idea was conceived a few weeks ago to facilitate joint training and arms deliveries, but is far from formalized, a senior Polish official said.

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