Leaders from three EU countries take a train to Kyiv to show support for Ukraine

Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled by train to Kyiv on Tuesday, showing support for Ukraine as Russia’s attacks on the capital intensified.

Mateushmoraviecki in Poland, Petrfiara in the Czech Republic, and Janesyansha in Slovenia are the first foreign leaders to travel to Ukraine since the invasion of Russia began three weeks ago.

Ukrainian officials said their visit would take place on the same day that a series of strikes struck a residential area in Kyiv, killing at least four people.

“It is our duty to be in a place where history is built at such a milestone for the world,” Morawicki said in a Facebook post. From tyranny. “

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the de facto leader of Poland, also joined them.

“The purpose of the visit is to confirm the clear support of the entire European Union for Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence,” Fiara said in a statement.

Headshots of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski, and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa

Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski of Poland, and Prime Minister Janez Jansa of Slovenia. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; Photo: Leon Neal / Pool via AP, NTB / Stian Lysberg Solum via Reuters, Nicolas Maeterlinck / BELGA MAG / AFP via Getty Images)

According to the Associated PressLeaders were expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who had sought help from Western leaders as Ukraine was trying to protect itself from Russian assault.

In a video message posted online on Tuesday, Zelensky called on Russian soldiers to surrender.

“On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I give you a chance,” he said in English. Address translation Shared by his office. “If you surrender to our army, we treat you the way people are supposed to be treated — properly as people.”

At least 691 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since February 24, when Russia’s military invasion began, according to the United Nations. And more than 3 million people fled the war-torn country, and many refugees crossed the border into Poland.

Meanwhile, President Biden has reportedly supported Ukraine and is considering the possibility of traveling to Europe in the coming weeks to reassure US allies in the region. However, the White House said on Monday nothing was finalized.