French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have arrived in Kyiv, a day after the United States announced $ 1 billion in new weapons for the assaulted Ukrainian forces.
Kyiv troops are resisting a fierce attack on the Donbas region by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces, who are pushing for an eastern and southern strip of Ukraine.
In a show of support, Macron, Scholz and Draghi visit the capital of Ukraine. The three leaders left Poland in the morning by train, according to an AFP video.
When asked by a journalist why he had come to Ukraine, Macron said, “For a message of European unity.”
Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told German newspaper Bild this week that he was concerned that the three leaders were pressuring Kyiv to accept a peace deal in favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“They will say that we must end the war that is causing food and economic problems … that we must save Mr. Putin’s face,” he said, referring to Mr. Putin’s comments. Macron this month about it was vital not to humiliate the Russian. leader.
Ukrainian officials have also attacked Mr Scholz for his hesitation in supplying weapons to the country.