The mayors of Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava are visiting Kyiv, Polish television channel Polsat News said.
The trip to Kyiv has been kept completely secret until now for security reasons, but the statement just issued reveals that the planned program will see the V4 mayors meet not only the mayor of Kyiv, but also senior Ukrainian officials, the mayor of Bucha and senior EU diplomats.
“The purpose of the visit is to review how the V4 capitals can provide infrastructural and humanitarian assistance to the city of Kyiv, which is suffering from Russian aggression,” the office of the Budapest mayor said in a statement.
According to a recent post by Karácsony, Budapest’s mayor, they travelled by train to the war-torn Ukrainian capital. The journey lasted 17 hours, he added. Here is a photo of them.
“Before the war, 3.8m people lived in Kiev, while the current population stands at 3.6m (including 200,000 migrants from other regions of Ukraine). However, it is only possible to keep the city alive and functioning if critical infrastructure works. That’s why Kyiv wants to draw inspiration from the cities of the Visegrad Four, for example in transforming buildings into less energy-intensive ones. And we can help with this and other projects,” said Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hříb.
“Whether we like it or not, Prague is also part of Russia’s war against the free world. But we are lucky that the battlefield is far away from us. This is also why we have to support those who fight for our security and defend Europe from a tyrant. Supporting Ukrainian cities is also necessary so that their inhabitants do not have to leave their homes for humanitarian reasons,” added Hříb.
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