Presidents of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania Meet in Lviv for Trilateral Summit

The presidents of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania met in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv for a Lublin Triangle summit on Wednesday, January 11.

In a joint statement, presidents Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, Andrzej Duda of Poland and Gitanas Nauseda of Lithuania condemned Russia’s “full–scale military invasion of Ukraine” and described as “unprecedented” the assistance provided by Poland and Lithuania “from the very outset of the Russian aggression.”

The presidents said they reaffirmed “centuries old strategic bonds between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, which used to form one state, a rampart against tyranny from the East.”

The meeting came ahead of the 160th anniversary of the January Uprising, during which rebels in the Russian-annexed Kingdom of Poland fought to restore the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth included much of modern day western Ukraine, including Lviv.

Footage released by the Polish President Andrzej Duda shows the Lublin Triangle leaders meeting in Lviv.

Later, Duda and Zelensky can be seen visiting the Polish Orlat Cemetery in Lviv’s historic Lychakiv Cemetery. The site is a resting place for Poles killed in the Polish-Ukrainian War and Polish-Soviet War.

The footage also includes a clip of Duda interacting with Ukrainians in Liviv, in what the president called a “spontaneous meeting”. According to data from Ukraine’s New Europe Center, Ukrainians trust Duda more than any other foreign leader. Credit: President Andrzej Duda via Storyful