A delegation from the European Union arrived in Ukraine this Thursday (27) to speak personally with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Among the authorities are German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who represent the EU’s three largest economies.
During the Upon arrival, Macron said the visit signals “a message of unity” and aims to “guarantee solidarity and continuity of support for Ukraine”. However, members of the Ukrainian government expressed fears that the three leaders could use the trip to press for a peace agreement favorable to the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The German chancellor also expressed support for the Ukraine during the visit and said that the Germans will continue to help resist the German offensive “for as long as it takes”, according to Portugal’s public news agency RTP. “We want to ensure that we are organizing financial, humanitarian aid, but also on the issue of weapons,” he added.
According to Deutsche Welle, the leaders were greeted with air raid sirens in the Ukrainian capital, as Russia continues its offensive across the country. Visitors met with the Ukrainian president this morning to discuss topics such as the global food security crisis that has been faced since the beginning of the war. They also visited Irpin, a city a few kilometers from Kiev that was the scene of several violent fighting.
The visit takes place a week before the EU summit, where European leaders are expected to discuss further about the desire of the Ukraine to join the bloc of 27 countries. The issue has already been evaluated by the members before and is seen with suspicion by several members of the bloc.
However, the president of Ukraine says that integration into the European Union is the “path taken” by his country, which wants to become a “trusted partner” of the EU with full rights. “The majority of the population on the mainland supports our aspiration,” Zelensky said shortly after meeting with leaders on Thursday (16).
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, also expressed support for the European Council scheduled for tomorrow in Brussels to grant such status to Ukraine, as Ukrainians are part of “the European family”.