Visit of French, German and Italian leaders to Kyiv

Several European leaders are currently visiting Ukraine. As Russian forces step up their offensive in the east of the country, leaders want to send a clear message. The European Union stands together to help Ukraine.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Kyiv by train on Thursday morning.

Macron said: “We are on our way to meet the Ukrainian President and at a site where massacres have been committed. This is a message of European unity for the Ukrainian people. We want to show our support now and in the future. because the coming weeks will be very difficult.”

Russian forces continue their attacks with the aim of bringing the entire Lugansk region under their control.

They are trying to seize Severodonetsk, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian army in the region. The army said on Wednesday that the main Russian strike forces were trying to attack the city from nine directions at the same time.

The region’s governor says about 10,000 civilians remain there.

EU, G7 and NATO summits are scheduled for the coming weeks. Leaders will discuss Ukraine’s bid for EU membership, as well as military and economic support for the country.