Opposition MPs travelled to Ukraine. Politicians from the Left, Civic Coalition and Poland 2050 brought aid to those in need and spoke with civilians, officials and military officers. In an interview with Interia, they shared harrowing accounts from the front line.
A group of opposition deputies, together with members of the Open Dialogue Foundation, arrived in the area of Bakhmut, where fierce fighting is currently taking place. “At first we drove straight from the border to Kharkiv and then went to Konstantinivka and Bakhmut. We had the opportunity to talk to people living there and military commanders, who stressed that they constantly need help from the West — both military and humanitarian,” Adam Szłapka recounted.
The head of the Modern party admitted that life in the region is incredibly difficult. “It is a completely different world. It is a constant roar of artillery fire, completely destroyed buildings and deserted streets,” the politician said.
War in Ukraine. “A missile fell about 100 metres from our convoy”
Speaking to Interia, Hanna Gill-Piątek added that the residents have been without electricity, gas and water for months. “They got used to it, they look like ghosts. They are downcast and don’t even pay attention to the constant explosions anymore. It is appalling,” she assessed.
The MP from Poland 2050 highlighted the exceptionally good organisation, despite the extremely difficult conditions.
“In order to get warm and try to live as normal as possible, the townspeople come to the local community centre where they can have a hot cup of tea. These are mainly elderly people and children, as all the men of age are at the front. Among those left in the town are the poorest people who have not left for health, family and personal reasons,” the MP reported.
Poland must lobby for help for Ukraine
Paweł Krutul, MP from the Left, pointed out that Ukrainians fear that when the ground freezes well, there could be a large-scale Russian counterattack. “If Ukraine does not get the weapons it is asking for, it may lose some of its positions it has gained in the counter- offensive. Poland must lobby for more help. Ukrainians are very grateful to us for this, they thank us every step of the way, which is why we cannot stop. They are shedding blood not only for their country, but also for us,” said the politician.
Opposition activists brought 13 reconnaissance drones, power generators, powerbanks, batteries, rechargeable batteries or trench candles, among others, to Bachmut. The help package also included warm clothing, food and cleaning products.