Ukraine: Leaders of France, Germany and Italy travel to Kyiv to meet Zelensky

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The French, Italian and German leaders 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 wagon heading for the county capital.

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

The visit will be the men’s first since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February and comes amid a fierce battle in the disputed Donbass region as the war drags into its fourth month, reported the AFP news agency.

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

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The trip was unannounced but Macron had previously visited the area.

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

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

Macron said in Romania this week that Ukraine and Russia should talk to each other eventually.

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

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

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“At some point, when we have helped Ukraine to resist as much as possible, 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. He was in the country to visit the French troops.

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