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Ukraine: Leaders of France, Germany and Italy head to Kyiv to meet Zelenskyy


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The leaders of France, Italy and Germany left Poland for Kyiv on Thursday morning, where they are expected to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi were seen together in a train car heading to the country’s capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi were seen together on a train carriage heading to Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday morning.
(The Republic)

The visit will be the first by the men since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February and comes amid fierce fighting in the disputed Donbas region as the war extends into its fourth month, the AFP news agency reported.

Other world leaders including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

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The trip was not announced, but Macron had already been visiting the region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attend a meeting, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 30, 2022. Photograph taken on April 30, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attend a meeting, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 30, 2022. Photograph taken on April 30, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Macron said in Romania this week that Ukraine and Russia would eventually have to talk.

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photo in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 14.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photo in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, May 14.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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“At some point, when we have helped Ukraine as much as possible to resist, when I hope Ukraine has won and the fighting has stopped, we will have to negotiate,” he told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal. She was in the country visiting French troops.



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