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The Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia have met with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kiev

More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion of Russia.

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Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Tuesday for a first visit by foreign leaders to the besieged Russian capital since the Russian invasion.

The prime ministers, who arrived by train, were sitting around a table with their Ukrainian counterpart Denis Shmyhal amd and the president of Ukraine, and explained the situation to them.

“They are being bombed everywhere. Not only Kyiv but also the western areas,” Zelensky told them in comments translated into English, a video posted in his Telegram account showed.

“We need to stop this ongoing tragedy in the East as soon as possible,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a message announcing their arrival on Facebook.

He added that Ukraine had “invalid support” from the European Union.

Shmyhal had earlier confirmed that they had arrived on a Twitter message, greeting him with “the courage of his true friends in Ukraine.”

In their talks, he said there would be support for Ukraine and “strengthening sanctions against Russia’s aggression.”

Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa are visiting as “representatives” of the European Union, a first statement from the Polish government said.

The visit comes as Russia strikes targets across Ukraine, including Kiev, which has been almost surrounded by Moscow troops, and Russia and Ukraine will begin talks to end the three-week war.

“At such crucial times for the world, it is our duty to be where history is made,” Morawiecki said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“Because this is not about us, it’s about the future of our children who deserve to live in a world without tyranny,” he said.

The government notes that the visit was “agreed” with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

“The purpose of the visit is for the entire European Union to reaffirm its unequivocal support for Ukraine’s independence and independence and to present a comprehensive package of support to the Ukrainian state and society,” the statement said.

Along with the trio, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is the leader of the populist right-wing Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a union feed.)

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