Leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Romania arrived in Kieu at a show of European collective support for Ukraine trying to resist the Russian invasion.
This represents the most notable visit to the Ukrainian capital since Russia invaded its neighbors in February.
The French Presidential Office said President Emmanuel Macron, German Prime Minister Olav Schortz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will visit Kive together, with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis joining.
After getting off the train in Kyiv, Macron said he would visit the place where the attack took place.
“It’s an important moment,” he said.
“This is the message of European integration for Ukrainians.”
Macron said he would discuss “both present and future” with Ukrainian authorities.
Deutsche Presse dpa said Scholz said leaders were trying to show not only solidarity, but also a commitment to maintain financial and humanitarian support and arms supplies to Ukraine. Stated.
He added that this support would continue “as long as necessary for the fight for Ukraine’s independence,” dpa reported.
Mr Scholz said sanctions on Russia are important and Moscow could withdraw its troops.
European leaders are to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
France, Germany and Italy have the three largest economies in the EU.
The leaders arrived at a special night train offered by the Ukrainian authorities and held a long meeting in the dining car shortly after midnight prior to the meeting with Mr. Zelensky, adjusting their position.
The three Western European powers are often criticized for not providing Ukraine with the weapons that Mr. Zelensky is begging for, and their willingness to continue talking to Russian President Vladimir. Given that, visits have a symbolic weight.
Many leaders and civilians in the Baltic and Central European countries that were dominated by Moscow during the Cold War believe that Putin only understands power, and Macron and others continue to talk to Putin after the invasion. We see the effort as follows. unacceptable.
There was high hope among Ukrainians that this visit could mark a turning point by paving the way for an important new weapon supply.
This visit will take place when EU leaders are preparing to make a decision on Ukraine’s request to become a candidate for EU accession on June 23-24, and in Madrid on June 29-30. It will be held prior to the important NATO summit.
Also on Thursday, Defense Minister NATO is meeting in Brussels to consider more military aid for Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the United States and Germany announced more aid as the United States and its allies provide longer-range weapons.
On Tuesday, during a trip to Ukraine’s neighbors Romania and Moldova, Macron sent a “message of support” to Ukraine before EU leaders “must make important decisions” at a meeting in Brussels. He said he had to.
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“We are at the moment when we need to send a clear political signal to Ukraine and the people of Ukraine: we Europeans, we the European Union,” he said.
Macron is deeply involved in diplomatic efforts to promote a ceasefire in Ukraine that will enable future peace negotiations.
He frequently talked to Zelensky and talked to Putin several times on the phone since Putin started the invasion.
Scholz has long resisted a trip to Kieu, saying, “I don’t want to join the line of people rushing in and out for a photo opportunity.”
Instead, he said travel should focus on doing “concrete things.”
Germany announced on Wednesday that it would provide Ukraine with three multiple launch rocket systems of the type that Kiuf said was urgently needed to protect himself from Russia’s invasion.
Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Germany would transfer three M270 medium-range shell systems to Ukraine with ammunition.
As a bystander to the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Rambrecht said the training of German Ukrainian soldiers on advanced howitzers that Berlin had already announced deliveries would soon be completed.
She said the multiple launch rocket system could be delivered in late July or early August, following training on its equipment.
Lambrecht said Germany expects the system to have “quick and significant battlefield impacts.”