Polish diplomats stay in war-torn Ukraine – EURACTIV.com
The Polish Embassy in Kyiv remains open as Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine.
Polish Ambassador to Ukraine Bartosz Cichocki posted a photo of himself wearing a bulletproof vest depicting “hello Kyiv!” Sunday (February 27). The diplomat remains at his post at the Polish Embassy and has not been evacuated.
Diplomatic personnel from other countries withdrew from Kyiv or Ukraine, but Poland decided not to follow suit.
Although some Polish diplomatic institutions have evacuated the country, the consulate and embassy in Lviv remain operational.
Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky broached the subject the day before the outbreak of war, on February 23, during a meeting with his Polish and Lithuanian counterparts, Andrzej Duda and Gitanas Nauseda. Zelensky called their decision not to evacuate diplomats from their country a “significant symbol of support for the Ukrainian people”.
However, Russia’s ongoing attacks on Kiev are raising concerns about the safety of diplomats.
This issue was addressed by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński at a press conference on Sunday.
Asked by journalists whether diplomats would possibly be evacuated from Ukraine if the situation worsened, Jabłoński explained that security remained the most important principle followed by the Polish Foreign Ministry.
“I will not be offering any new military theories or prognoses at this time. We are, of course, ready for all potential scenarios, but we prefer not to discuss them publicly at this time. It might suggest the situation is worse than it actually is,” he said.
Polish diplomatic personnel remain in Ukraine to help Poles, who are still in the country, Jabłoński said. “Our diplomats stand with Ukraine to show our solidarity,” he added.