Scholz, Macron and Draghi travel to Ukraine – visit Irpin

BFederal Chancellors are on their way to Kiev Olaf Scholz and three other European heads of state and government met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenysky. Scholz, French president Emmanuel MacronItalian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Zelensky received at the Presidential Palace on Thursday afternoon. He, as usual, in a khaki T-shirt, the others in suits and ties.

After taking photos together, top politicians sat at a round table. A press conference is scheduled for the afternoon. Zelensky in the Short Message Service Telegram wrote: “We value your solidarity with our country and our people.”

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Volodymyr Zelensky welcomes Chancellor Olaf Scholz

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi

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Before the meeting, European guests had a suburb of Kiev Irpin he visited and saw the devastation caused by the Russian attacks. As in neighboring Bucha, almost 300 civilians, some of whom were executed, were found there after the Russian retreat at the end of March.

Before the war, almost 60,000 people lived in Irpin. Russian troops were unable to completely conquer the village, but approached the capital’s borders for several kilometers.

Ukrainian President’s special envoy for EU prospects Oleksiy Chernyshev has led the top four politicians around the ruins of houses damaged by Russian shelling.

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His next stop: Irpin

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During his visit, Scholz condemned the “brutality” of the Russian war of aggression. He talked about senseless violence. Innocent civilians were hit and houses destroyed. The whole city was destroyed, in which there were no military buildings at all. “That says a lot about the brutality of Russia’s war of aggression, which is simply aimed at destruction and conquest.” The destruction in Irpin is a “very important reminder” that something needs to be done.

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Macron spoke similarly. He spoke of signs of war crimes after the “massacres” of Russian forces and condemned the “barbarism” of the attacks that devastated the city.

The suburbs of Kiev were partially severely damaged

The suburbs of Kiev were partially severely damaged

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Scholz, Macron and Draghi arrived in Kiev by train in the morning. Iohannis came separately.

Scholz is still away from Ukraine while driving full support in their fight against the Russian attack secured. “It is important that the Prime Ministers of the three great countries that co-founded the European Economic Community leave for Kiev and show their support for Ukraine and the people of Ukraine in this very special war situation.”

Olaf Scholz (r) in an interview with Government Spokesman Steffen Hebestreit and other staff on the train

Olaf Scholz (r) in an interview with Government Spokesman Steffen Hebestreit and other staff on the train

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With a special train to Kiev: Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz

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Support will continue for as long as is necessary for Ukraine’s struggle for independence. At the same time it will be clarified again that saved sanctions against Russia are of great importance. “Because they contribute to the possibility that Russia will give up its plan and withdraw its troops again.” Because that’s the goal, “Scholz emphasized.

According to the Ukrainian presidency, Zelensky gave a list of new sanctions against Russia, Germany, France, Italy and Romania at a meeting of politicians in Kiev. “We need to increase pressure on the aggressor, to work on the seventh sanctions package with one Gas embargoExplains Zelensky’s adviser Andriy Yermak on the Telegram.

Scholz wants EU accession status for Ukraine and Moldova

The Federal Chancellor pushed for the campaign Ukraine and its small neighboring republic Moldova grant EU candidate status. “Germany is in favor of a positive decision in favor of Ukraine. This also applies to the Republic of Moldova, “he said at a press conference in the Ukrainian capital. “Ukraine is part of the European family,” he added. Macron, Draghi and Iohannis also recommended EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Ukrainian President Selensky at an afternoon press conference

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Ukrainian President Selensky at an afternoon press conference

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Italian Prime Minister Draghi said he wanted them Blockade of Ukrainian ports Russia under UN coordination. The Russian army currently does not allow grain ships to leave Ukraine. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron Delivery of other artillery systems an.

Double air alarm shortly after arrival and afternoon

The air alarm, which was triggered shortly after Scholz, Macron and Draghi arrived in Kiev, was canceled after about half an hour. A German news agency reporter confirmed this on the spot. In the meantime, there has also been an air alarm in many other parts of the country.

At least three people died in a raid on the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychanks, said the governor of Luhansk. There was another air alarm in Kiev in the afternoon. Scholz and other EU guests were staying at the presidential palace at the time.

response to visits

mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko he was pleased with the arrival of Scholz. “As mayor, I am happy and proud that the German Chancellor is visiting our city with the French President and the Italian Prime Minister,” he told Bild.

Emmanuel Macron speaks to journalists upon arrival in Kiev

Emmanuel Macron speaks to journalists upon arrival in Kiev

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Also the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko welcomed the trip of Scholz and his colleagues to Kiev. In an interview with Italian television RaiNews24, the politician was convinced that the visit of the three European heads of state and government would contribute to even greater support for the country invaded by Russia. “I believe that the three leaders from Italy, Germany and France will be even more convinced on their way or during their journey that they will stay in Ukraine,” she said.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also traveled to Ukraine

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also traveled to Ukraine

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Also Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg welcomed today’s visit of politicians in Kiev. “It’s a message of solidarity,” Stoltenberg said. Germany, France and Italy “provide significant support to Ukraine in the long term,” Stoltenberg said after a meeting of defense ministers in preparation for the two-week NATO summit in Madrid.

Medvedev mocks EU politicians

former Russian president Dmitry Medwedew criticized the joint trip to Kiev as useless and ridiculed. “European fans of frogs, liver and spaghetti like to visit Kyiv,” Medvedev wrote on his Twitter account. “With zero benefit.”

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Politicians would have to travel by train as they did 100 years ago. They have held the prospect of EU membership and “old howitzers” for Ukraine, said Medvedev, who is now vice chairman of Russia’s Security Council. “It’s all good. But it won’t bring Ukraine closer. The clock is ticking.”

According to Kremlin Scholz, Macron and his colleagues from Italy and Romania should not only focus on military assistance to Ukraine when visiting Kiev. Moscow hopes that EU leaders “will force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look at the situation as it really is,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

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Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24. Ukraine has so far resisted militarily, but is dependent on foreign armaments. Zelensky and his leadership asked their partners primarily for heavy weapons.

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