French, German, Italian leaders arrive in Kyiv.

PARIS – The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania arrived in Kyiv on Thursday in a clear demonstration of collective European support for Ukraine as it seeks to resist a Russian invasion.

The French president’s office said President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had traveled to Kyiv together and would be joined by Romanian President Klaus Johannes in the Ukrainian capital.

Since Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, European leaders will meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Kyiv’s highest-level visit to the West.

The visit comes as EU leaders prepare for a decision on Ukraine’s bid for EU membership on June 23-24 and before a key NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30. Are doing

On Thursday, NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider further military aid to Ukraine. On Wednesday, the United States and Germany announced further aid, as the United States and its allies provide long-range weapons that they say could make a difference in a battle where Ukraine has a large military presence. And they are out of the Russian invaders.

On Tuesday, during a visit to Ukraine’s neighbors Romania and Moldova, Macron said a “message of support” should be sent to Ukraine before the EU heads of state and government meet at their meeting in Brussels. I have to make decisions. “

Police in the Pokrovsk region of Donetsk, Ukraine, inspect a pit created by a Russian rocket attack.
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“We are at a moment when we need to send clear political signals – to us, to Europe, to the European Union – to Ukraine and to the Ukrainian people,” he said.

Macron is deeply involved in diplomatic efforts to advance a ceasefire in Ukraine that would allow for future peace talks. He has frequent phone conversations with Zelensky and has spoken on the phone several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the start of Putin’s invasion in late February.

Scholz has long resisted travel to Kyiv, saying he “does not want to join the ranks of those who rush in for photography.” Instead, Scholz said a trip should focus on doing “solid things.”

European leaders are expected to meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as he prepares for a summit of key EU leaders in Brussels next week and a NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30.
European leaders are expected to meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as he prepares for a summit of key EU leaders in Brussels next week and a NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30.
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Germany announced on Wednesday that it would supply Ukraine with three such rocket systems, which Kyiv said it needed to immediately defend against Russian aggression.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Germany would supply Ukraine with three M270 medium-range artillery rocket systems with ammunition.

Germany said the transition, which echoes similar initiatives by Britain and the United States, would be accompanied by training and would have a “rapid and significant battlefield effect”.