“None of us will be indifferent to the destruction of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we will also not be indifferent to great human tragedies that are happening in Crimea,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday in Kiev during the Crimean Platform Summit.
Warsaw has always regarded Kiev as its partner and ally: Polish, Ukrainian presidents
“In our country, the word ‘solidarity’ has a special power. Ukraine today needs international solidarity in an extraordinary way. Our meeting today is an opportunity to express solidarity with the Ukrainian and Tatar people and to communicate to the world that we do not recognise the illegal occupation and annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation,” the Polish president said.
He emphasised that Poles know all too well from the history of their region what it means to have allies leave in a moment of danger and how their indifference to suffering hurts. “Just as we felt when, in 1945, our allies betrayed us by making a deal with Stalin and leaving us in the Soviet sphere of influence, behind the Iron Curtain,” the head of state stressed.
“We will not be indifferent to the great human tragedies that are happening in Crimea. Unlawful detentions, deportations, cases of disappearances, the use of torture, inhuman treatment, intimidation, expropriation, discrimination based on nationality, origin or religion have become part of the everyday life of the inhabitants of Crimea,” President Duda stated.
“Today, for the first time since the beginning of the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula, this issue has been raised at the highest international level,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, welcoming 46 international delegations participating in the event.
“Ukraine, together with its friends, participants of the Crimean Platform, is starting to write a new chapter in the history of the country, in the history of the Ukrainian Crimea: this is a chapter on de-ocupacion. De-occupation is my ultimate goal, the ultimate goal of our country, the work of the Crimean Platform,” President Zelensky concluded.
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