We firmly stand by Ukraine and support its European aspirations

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković arrived in Kyiv on Sunday morning to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, the Croatian government said in a press release.

"President Zelensky has informed me about the situation in Ukraine and the consequences of the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian people and soldiers have demonstrated exceptional resistance in defending their families, their homes and their country," Plenković wrote on Twitter.

"Croatia knows what it is like to be a victim of military aggression. It stands firmly by Ukraine and supports its European path," he added.

Plenković wrote that he was visiting Ukraine, the victim of Russian aggression, ahead of Europe Day. After meeting with the parliament speaker, he said that Croatia continued to provide Ukraine with "political diplomatic and all other support" and continued parliamentary cooperation, in particular regarding Ukraine's EU path.

The Croatian prime minister has said earlier that Zagreb supports the idea of Ukraine being granted special status in the EU.

Later today, Plenković is scheduled to visit Irpin and Bucha, the sites of war crimes just outside Kyiv.

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman is also in the Ukrainian capital.

Plenković and Radman were welcomed by Croatian Ambassador Anica Djamić, who has returned to Kyiv to continue running the Embassy.

Before the invasion, Plenković attended the Crimea Platform Summit with EU leaders in August 2021 and paid an official visit to Ukraine in December 2021.

Text: Hina