08:37 16 Jun 2022

Scholz, Macron and Draghi arrive in Ukraine by special train


Leaders of France, Italy, and Germany, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, and Olaf Scholz arrived in Ukraine on a working visit

The chairperson of the board of the Ukrzaliznytsia railways, Oleksandr Kamyshin, announced this on Telegram.

As Rubryka reported, the above-mentioned leaders will pay a joint visit to Ukraine on Thursday.

The purpose of the trip is to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and show support for Ukraine and discuss its application for EU membership.

Macron's and Scholz's trip could mean a change in their rhetoric about russia's invasion of Ukraine. Both leaders have been criticized for calling putin, blocking military aid, and more.

In mid-April, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz faced intense pressure from members of his ruling coalition to step up deliveries of heavy weapons such as tanks and fighter jets to help Ukraine fight russian troops.

"After initiating a historic reversal in Germany's previously frugal defense policy in the early stages of the war, Scholz has since appeared hesitant to go beyond initial supplies of protective equipment, munitions and rockets to take out Russian tanks and aircraft," Bloomberg says.

The latest criticism of Emmanuel Macron followed after his comments that it is important not to "humiliate russia." "I have lost count of the conversations I have had with vladimir putin since December. In all, about a hundred hours in transparency and at the request of Volodymyr Zelensky. We must not humiliate russia so that the day the fighting stops, we can build a way out through diplomatic channels. I am convinced that it is France's role to be a mediating power," Macron said.

A meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of defense ministers took place in Brussels on Wednesday, June 15.

They discussed preparations for the Alliance's next summit in Madrid and ways to increase military aid to Ukraine in the face of unprovoked and brutal russian aggression.

Slovakia has decided to hand over combat helicopters to Ukraine, and Canada, Poland, and the Netherlands have decided to hand over new artillery units.

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