The Polish and Ukrainian presidents, Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelensky, have agreed to coordinate international efforts to further isolate Russia after a series of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities on Monday.
“We will work on consolidating international support, strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities, restoring the destroyed, as well as increasing Russia’s isolation,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter on Monday.
We’ve coordinated steps with President of Poland @AndrzejDuda. We will work on consolidating international support, strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities, restoring the destroyed, as well as increasing Russia’s isolation.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 10, 2022
Duda’s office tweeted earlier in the day that “urgent consultations of Presidents Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelensky are taking place.”
Jakub Kumoch, Duda’s international policy advisor, wrote on Twitter that the two presidents had also discussed “further supplies of the means that are required for the defence of Ukraine.”
“The Russian war crimes make our involvement in the matter even stronger,” Kumoch added.
Rozmowa telefoniczna Prezydentów @AndrzejDuda i @ZelenskyyUa dotyczyła m. in. dzisiejszej fali ataków na infrastrukturę cywilną oraz dalszych dostaw środków niezbędnych do obrony Ukrainy. pic.twitter.com/eJOTU8xLZQ
— Kancelaria Prezydenta (@prezydentpl) October 10, 2022
Moreover, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held urgent consultations on Monday in connection with Russia’s mass shelling of several Ukrainian cities.
The talks mainly focused on the attacks carried out on Monday and further supplies of defensive equipment to Ukraine, which has been fighting off a Russian invasion since February 24.
The attacks were launched on Monday morning, with rocket missiles hitting civilian infrastructure in several Ukrainian cities, including the capital city of Kyiv and Zaporizhzhia.
According to preliminary reports from Ukrainian police, about 10 people have been killed and close to 60 injured in Russia’s early morning strikes on Kyiv and several other Ukrainian cities. The attacks are seen as Moscow’s retaliation for a Saturday attack on the Kerch bridge linking mainland Russia to the Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.