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William makes hush Ukraine border trip to see Brits ‘in last line of defence’

Prince William has snuck away to the Ukraine border in a "personal mission" to thank Brits forming the last line of defence against Vladimir Putin's aggression.

The Prince of Wales made the secret trip to a secure military base near Rzeszow in Poland, 50 miles from the Ukrainian border, to thank British and Polish troops helping in the defence against Russia's forces.

William, 40, told the soldiers "everyone back home thoroughly supports you" in an impassioned speech made today (March 22).

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"I know how busy you all are, thank you for hosting me today," he said.

"I just wanted to come here in person to say thank you for all that you are doing, keeping everyone safe out here and keeping an eye on what’s going on. So just a big thank you for what you do on a day-to-day basis.

"I know some of you are coming to the end of your time out here so looking forward to a bit of R and R when you get home.

"But you are doing a really good job out here, defending our freedoms is really important and everyone back home thoroughly supports you.

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"And everything you are doing with our Polish counterparts in providing that safety is really important, so thank you for your time, lovely to meet you all and good luck."

The Prince of Wales was welcomed to the military base by defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak and addressed Polish troops stationed there before meeting British heroes from the Royal Artillery Regiment.

The future King also saw Britain’s high-tech surface-to-air Sky Sabre missile defence system up close and personal.

Royal sources told The Sun the visit was a "personal mission" of William's and that he wanted to thank both British and Polish troops during his visit.

Insiders also suggested the Prince had wanted to get out and "meet the lads that are working hard" ever since deployment started around a year ago.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Prince of Wales was very keen to travel to Poland to thank British and Polish troops for their support in relation to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine."

The military base, which is the final frontier before Ukraine, is home to 75 Brits working with Polish and American troops to form a first line of defence against Putin on NATO's easternmost border.

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