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Ukraine and Poland discuss creation of a regional military force

Ukraine and Poland discuss creation of a regional military force

A Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military brigade “UkrPolLytBryh” may be created in the near future, President Poroshenko’s press service announced, July 14, after his telephone discussion with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

The Polish prime minister said he supported Poroshenko’s position on resolving the situation in the Donbas. “It is important that you have the reputation of being a president of peace, who also is determined to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. This approach is supported by Poland and is firmly based on positions outlined in the decisions of the EU,” Tusk said, according to the press service.

Tusk also expressed his condolences over the growing numbers of casualties among Ukrainian armed forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The two men paid special attention to the question of creating a Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military brigade and agreed to sign the appropriate agreement soon, the press service reports.

Finally, Poroshenko shared his concern about the manipulation of information and the outright lies distributed by Russian propaganda in the European media space. The two men exchanged views on methods and new opportunities for delivering true information about Ukraine in Poland.

At the end of the conversation, Poroshenko expressed gratitude to Tusk for Poland’s humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s Armed Forces, for Polish help in expediting customs clearance for armor purchased for Ukrainian soldiers, and for cultural and educational programs for youth. He also invited Poland to join Ukraine in the effort to create jobs on the territories of the Donbas that have been liberated from terrorists.

[hr] Translation: Anna Mostovych

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