The OSCE Troika Foreign Ministers – Macedonia’s Bujar Osmani, Poland’s Zbigniew Rau and Sweden’s Ann Linde – traveled to the Polish-Ukrainian border on Friday and met with the Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.

At the meeting with Kuleba, the needs of the Ukrainian side for the defense of their country were discussed, as well as the assistance that the international community should provide to Ukraine in dealing with the consequences of the war.

We need to do more, not only to deal with the consequences, but also to stop this madness. The heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people is for the highest admiration: while defending their homeland, they also defend our common values, our principles, our way of life, and it is our duty to help them in every possible way, Osmani said at the press conference after the meeting with Kuleba.

The ministers also visited the Mlini refugee reception center near the Korcova border crossing on the Polish-Ukrainian border. As a result of the Russian military aggression, millions of Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge, especially in neighboring countries.

The images of camps and waves of refugees are deeply disturbing, especially for our region where memories of the wars of the 90s are still fresh, Osmani said.

The ministers once again condemned the unjustified and unprovoked Russian military invasion of an independent state, contrary to international law and basic OSCE documents. At the same time, they pointed out the necessity of respect for international humanitarian law and fundamental human rights by the Russian Federation.