Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Poland for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine. It was a meeting with friends.
It was a demonstration of warmth, solidarity, and several public hugs.
As he visited his nearest neighbour, the Ukrainian president received a warm welcome.
Andrzej Duda, his counterpart, gave him the red carpet treatment, and the Polish troops welcomed him as a respected leader.
Some of the millions of Ukrainian refugees who were given shelter by Poland were seen on the streets waiting to see Mr Zelenskyy.
“I am very excited. Right now, my heart beats fast. I want to meet him. Marusia, a refugee from Syria, said that she wanted to see him even if he is far away. She had the flag of her country wrapped around her shoulder.
Johanna, a teacher, said to us that he was a superhero. He is an extraordinary man.”
Polish President, clearly expressing their sentiments, presented Mr Zelenskyy the highest award for outstanding individuals in Poland.
The leader of Ukraine took this opportunity to show his appreciation.
“I would like to thank you, our powerful neighbors, for not allowing us to break and for the fact you helped us. We know that Russia will not restrain Ukraine if it falls,” stated Mr Zelenskyy.
There are many things to be thankful for.
In the Polish countryside, Ukrainian troops were training to use Leopard 2 tanks a few hours later.
Poland was instrumental in helping Ukraine secure weapons and assistance.
According to Mr Duda, it’s a small price to pay for the sacrifices made across the border.
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“No one could have predicted that Ukraine would remain strong for so many years [or] that the defenders of Ukraine would be so brave.” He said that the president’s heroic actions made the defenders heroic.
Wednesday’s meeting was not just about reaffirming friendship, it was also about building credit in the future.
People living in neighboring countries will be more affected if the war continues for longer.
Ukraine is aware that it must keep the public in its corner to continue financial and military support.
This is not a problem for Poland at the moment.
It is clear that Mr Zelenskyy has won the hearts of many people in this country.