- Prince William and Kate expressed support for Ukraine
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded
- The political statement is unusual for the royals
Ukraine is still facing attacks ordered by Russia's President Putin. After the conflict began, Prince William and Duchess Kate spoke in support of Ukraine. Now, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has thanked them for the solidarity.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy responds to William and Kate
Zelenskyy spoke on behalf of himself and his wife, Olena Zelenska. The Ukrainian president tweeted: "Olena and I are grateful to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @RoyalFamily that at this crucial time, when Ukraine is courageously opposing Russia's invasion, they stand by our country and support our brave citizens. Good will triumph."
Over the weekend, William and Kate had made their first comment on the Ukraine war. On Twitter, they wrote: "Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine's people as they bravely fight for that future."
Duchess Kate and Prince William's political statement is unusual
The tweet about Ukraine was a personal one from William and Kate, signed with the initials "W & C." It was very unusual for royals to comment on such political matters.
The fact that high-ranking British royals take a clear position in a military conflict is very noticeable – but the statement did not come as a total surprise.
Prince Harry and Meghan also support Ukraine
Before William and Kate, it was Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan who commented on Ukraine. In a statement on their charity Archewell's website, they said they are "against this breach of international and humanitarian law."
"Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine," they stated.
People around the world are showing solidarity with Ukraine. There were countless demonstrations for peace over the weekend, and sanctions against Russia continue by the day.