The Taoiseach has arrived in Ukraine ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
Micheál Martin travelled by train overnight and will also visit the Ukranian parliament.
There, he will reiterate Ireland’s full backing for continuing sanctions against Putin’s regime.
He'll also vouch for Ukraine’s path to full EU membership, along with commitments to work with the EU to ensure the reconstruction of Ukraine.
President Zelenskyy invited Mr. Martin to Ukraine, after they spoke on the phone two weeks ago.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the Taoiseach says:
"The people of Ireland stand with Ukraine and its people in the face of Russia’s immoral and unprovoked war of terror.
"The bombardment and attacks on civilians are nothing short of war crimes, and I will use my visit to express Ireland’s support for moves to hold those behind these attacks fully accountable.
"The spirit and resolve of the Ukrainian people has inspired us all, and Ireland will provide every support for Ukraine’s path to full EU Membership, and continue to welcome and support civilians fleeing this war."