As President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Ukraine’s capital on Thursday, he stated he was coming with “a message of unity.”
Flanked by Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, the French chief — who has positioned himself as Europe’s central interlocutor with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to attempt to discover an finish to the struggle — stated the three had come “to talk both about the present and the future, because we know the coming weeks are going to be very hard.”
“It is an important moment,” Mr. Macron informed reporters on a platform of the Kyiv prepare station shortly after disembarking.
They are the most recent world leaders to make the journey to the Kyiv since Russian forces failed of their bid to shortly topple Ukraine’s authorities and seize the capital.
Until Thursday morning, the French, German and Italian authorities had declined to substantiate the extensively speculated journey, shrouding it in secrecy. Details of the in a single day journey, on a particular prepare chartered by the Ukrainian authorities, had been supplied by the French presidency and by an Agence France-Presse reporter onboard.
The prepare left from an nondescript platform, made partly of filth and nibbled by weeds, in an equally nondescript and unidentified prepare station.
In photos taken by journalists on the prepare, the three leaders appeared relaxed and smiling. Mr. Macron, Mr. Scholz and Mr. Draghi held a late-night, 90-minute assembly in Mr. Macron’s prepare automotive over snacks and orange juice, with out their respective advisers.