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FFrench President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv, a day after the United States announced $1 billion worth of new weapons for beleaguered Ukrainian forces.
Troops from Kyiv are resisting a fierce assault in the Donbass region by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces, who are trying to seize parts of eastern and southern Ukraine.
As a sign of support, Mr. Macron, Mr. Scholz and Mr. Draghi travel to the Ukrainian capital. The three leaders left Poland in the morning by train, according to an AFP video.
Asked by a journalist on his arrival about the reasons for his coming to Ukraine, Mr. Macron replied: “For a message of European unity”.
Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told German newspaper Bild this week that he feared the three leaders would pressure Kyiv into accepting a peace deal favorable to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“They will say we have to end the war which is causing food problems and economic problems…that we have to save face for Mr. Putin,” he said, referring to Mr. Macron’s comments this month that it was vital not to humiliate the Russian. chief.
Ukrainian officials have also attacked Mr. Scholz for his perceived reluctance to supply the country with arms.