(fashion) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged Sunday at a WWII memorial in Poland that that America will not abandon its allies and the superpower will always fight to protect their sovereignty and basic freedoms.
Pence led a United States delegation to Poland for a tribute on the 80th anniversary of the German and Soviet Union attack after President Donald Trump decided to remain Washington as a catastrophic hurricane threatened to devastate parts of Florida.
In a speech decrying the 'twisted' ideologies of Nazism and Communism that Trump had been slated to give, Pence said on behalf of the administration, 'America and Poland will continue to stand with all of our allies for our common defense. And America and Poland will also continue to call on all our allies to live up to the promises that we’ve made to one another.'
'Today, we remember those that were lost in Poland, in their long twilight struggle, and all of those who sacrificed from my nation and nations represented here to win a victory for freedom,' he said. 'We remember those that were lost on this day, but we also do well to celebrate -- to celebrate an enduring victory for freedom and the role that the people of Poland played by their strength and their example.'
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged Sunday at a WWII memorial in Poland that that America will not abandon its allies and the superpower will always fight to protect their sovereignty and basic freedoms
Meeting with Zelensky immediately after the speech, Pence extended that goodwill to Ukraine, which the U.S. is backing in a territorial fight with Russia.
'The United States and Ukraine have a strong relationship. We have stood with the people of Ukraine, and most especially, since 2014, we have stood strongly for the territorial integrity of Ukraine,' Pence said. 'And I can assure you that we will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine on your security, on territorial integrity including Ukraine's rightful clam to Crimea.'
Pence said they would be discussing the nation's 'progress' toward achieving the Minsk agreement that was put in place to end the warfare and establish Ukraine's ownership over the peninsula.
'The relationship between the United States and Ukraine has never been stronger,' he asserted in the meeting that came less than a week after Trump offered to host Putin in the United States without preconditions.
Zelensky did not mention the outreach publicly and replied, 'We really appreciate the United States' efforts in defending the rights of Ukraine and territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country.'
He thanked the U.S. for its financial support and military assistance in the dispute with Moscow.
'And we believe that soon the peace will come now, and we're doing everything possible to achieve that,' he added.
Pence and Zelensky were among the dozens of officials across 40 delegations who attended a Sunday ceremony in Warsaw that's crescendo was an apology from the German president to the Polish people for Nazi atrocities in the war that began 80 years ago with the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1.
Speaking in the country's native language at a poignant service, he told the nation that Germans 'committed a great crime against humanity in Poland' and 'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny'.
At dawn this morning, following the remembrance service in Wielun, London mayor Sadiq Khan joined officials at a ceremony near the Westerplatte memorial in Gdansk, Poland, where Polish and Nazi forces clashed for the first time during the Second World War. World leaders have gathered for an international ceremony in Warsaw and at the Pilsudski Square, named after 20th-century independence army leader Jozef Pilsudski.
Hundreds also massed in Berlin cathedral for a service to mark the beginning of the war.
When German tanks rolled across the border on September 1 1939 it marked the start of a bloody occupation that would cost the lives of six million Poles and countless Jews, which would then be followed by communist rule supported by the Soviets before the iron curtain began to unravel in 1989.
Notable absences at the anniversary observances include Vladimir Putin, who was not invited, Donald Trump, who cancelled his trip at the last minute due to a hurricane, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has begged Poland for forgiveness on the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War while making a speech in Wielun, where the first German bombs fell on the country
World leaders have gathered across Poland today to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. (Pictured: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskly shakes hand with US vice president Mike Pence. Both attended the sombre ceremony in Warsaw, Poland's capital)
German chancellor Angela Merkel has also arrived for a memorial ceremony in Warsaw to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two. She is pictured here walking through the square with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Crowds gather ahead of a memorial ceremony at the Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland, which was attended by world leaders and dignitaries from NATO and EU countries
A crowd stands in the shade of a cross to keep cool ahead of the international ceremony to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War in the Piluski Square in Poland
Crowds in Gdansk which have turned out for the celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. They are standing in front of a sign that reads 'no more war'
Soldiers march past the Westerplatte monument in Gdansk, which marks the place where Nazi German and Polish forces first clashed during the Second World War
The burning fort of Warsaw, photographed on 17 September 1939, as the German's continued their invasion of the country
Hitler pictured with his generals as they watch Nazi soldiers parade through the streets of Warsaw, Poland, on October 5 1939, following the capture of the city
Speaking at the ceremony also attended by the Polish President Andrzej Duda, the German President said: 'I bow my head before the victims of the attack on Wielun. I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness.
'It is the Germans who committed a crime against humanity in Poland.
'Anyone who claims it is over, that the national-socialists' reign of terror over Europe is a marginal event in German history judges that for himself.'
Polish President Andrzej Duda also gave a speech in Wielun, where he denounced Nazi Germany's attack on Poland, calling it 'an act of barbarity' and 'a war crime'.
However, he also thanked the German President's words, saying: 'I am convinced that this ceremony will go down in the history of Polish-German friendship.'
US vice president Mike Pence has also been seen getting off a plane ahead of a sombre service that he will attend in Warsaw's Pilsudski Square, named after 20th-century independence army leader Jozef Piludski.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been pictured arriving at the ceremony in Warsaw, which will also be attended by delegations from up to 40 other countries.
Polish war veterans pictured attending the ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War in Warsaw, Poland, today
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg was also pictured attending the memorial ceremony in Warsaw, Poland
A World War Two veteran pictured attending the ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Pilsudski Square, Warsaw, with his family
Veterans from the Second World War and officials pictured standing at a ceremony to commemorate 80 years since the start of the Second World War in Warsaw, Poland, today
When it rained during the ceremony, veterans were also seen bringing out their umbrellas. They gathered in Warsaw today for the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, when Germany invaded Poland
World leaders and officials pictured on the podium in front of Polish soldiers. Hungarian president Janos Ader and Slovenian president Borut Pahor were also in attendance at the ceremony in Warsaw
Poles raise miniature flags at the ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War
US vice president Mike Pence arriving at Okecie Airport this morning as he prepares to mark the 80th anniversary of the Second World War with delegations from up to 40 other countries in Poland's capital Warsaw. President Trump cancelled his visit at the last minute due to a hurricane
US vice president Mike Pence pictured with other world leaders at the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War ceremony in Warsaw, Poland
US vice president Mike Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskly during a bilateral meeting with other world leaders in Warsaw, Poland, after the ceremony. National Security Adviser to the US, John Bolton, was also at the meeting
French prime minister Edouard Philippe (second right) with Belgian prime minister Charles Michel (left) at a ceremony marking 80 days since the outbreak of the Second World War in Pilsudski Square, Warsaw, Poland
Polish President Andrzej Duda (centre right) with his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda standing alongside German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (centre left) and his wife Elke Buedenbender before commemorative ceremonies in Warsaw
German chancellor Angela Merkel with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the ceremony in Warsaw to commemorate the outbreak of the Second World War today
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) and Polish President Andrzej Duda (left) at a memorial in Westerplatte, Gdansk, today to mark the 80th anniversary of the Second World War