In a recent interview with Poland's Kanał Zero on February 2, President Andrzej Duda of Poland expressed reservations about Ukraine's prospects of regaining control over Crimea, currently under Russian occupation. Duda also discussed the potential for further Russian aggressions and highlighted the importance of unwavering Western support for Ukraine.
According to Duda, as reported by the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, the ongoing control of Ukrainian territories by Russia could embolden Moscow, raising concerns about future conflicts.
He expressed uncertainty about Crimea's return to Ukraine but showed optimism for the recovery of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In a strong rebuttal, Ukraine's Ambassador to Poland, Vasyl Zvarych, took to Twitter to affirm Ukraine's sovereignty over Crimea. Emphasizing the principles of international law, Zvarych declared the occupation of Crimea by Russia as a temporary and criminal act, asserting that its deoccupation remains a pivotal goal shared with the global community.
"Crimea is Ukraine: this is how it is and how it will be," Zvarych stated, underlining a collective commitment to restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity.
Poland has been a steadfast ally of Ukraine, offering military assistance and advocating for Kyiv's inclusion in the European Union and NATO since the escalation of the conflict with Russia.
The discussions between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President Duda, which took place on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 16, further illustrate the close dialogue and cooperation between the two nations amidst the ongoing crisis.