German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi made their first statements upon arriving in Kyiv and later in Irpin, where civilians were killed during the Russian occupation. Their words were quoted by Rai News.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in an interview with the daily Bild, promised to help Ukraine "as much as necessary." During this visit to Kyiv, he said, "we want not only to show our solidarity, but also to ensure that the aid we organize - financial, humanitarian and also by arms - lasts." "We will continue as long as necessary to fight for Ukraine's independence," he said.
Ukraine must be able to confront and win the war, French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to Irpen with the leaders of Germany and Italy. His statement is quoted by BFM TV.
"Ukraine should be able to resist and win," Macron said.
Asked by journalists about remarks in which he said Russia should not be "humiliated," which are strongly criticized in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron defended himself. "France has been by Ukraine's side since day one. (...) We are beside the Ukrainians without ambiguity," he said.
Macron also hailed Ukrainian heroism in the face of Russian "barbarism."
"We have all seen these images of a devastated city, which is at the same time a hero city, because it was here, among other things, that the Ukrainians stopped the Russian army that was going to Kiev. The heroism of the army, but also of the Ukrainian people," the French president said.
About Irpen, he also noted that there are traces of war crimes in the city, which is located on the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv.
Addressing the local authorities in Irpin, Draghi said that "the whole world is on your side." "All of this needs to be seen and found out. I am grateful for the testimony," Draghi addressed the head of the regional military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, in Irpen.
"This is a place of destruction, but also a place of hope. A lot of what they told me is about the future and reconstruction. These are people rallied by war who can do things they probably couldn't have done before the war," Draghi told reporters in Irpen after speaking with locals.
In the Ukrainian capital, French President Emmanuel Macron, along with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.