Volodimir Zelensky will travel to France this Sunday to continue his European tour

Zelensky and Emmanuel Macron (Reuters) (POOL /)

the ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky visit France on Sunday night to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after his visit to Italy and Germany, they told AFP matching font.

It’s about the Ukrainian head of state’s second visit to Paris since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022. President Macron received him on February 8 together with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Zelensky’s weekend diplomatic tour occurs before an EU summit in Reykjavik and a meeting of leaders of the G-7 in Japan.

This Sunday, Zelensky was received in Germany with military honors and met with the president a day after Berlin announced the granting of a new and extensive package of military aid to Ukraine worth more than 2.7 billion euros and which will include, among other equipment, air defense systems, armored combat vehicles and artillery.

Ukrainian President and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Reuters)
The Ukrainian president and the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz (Reuters) (FABRIZIO BENSCH /)

In a joint statement from Ukraine and Germany released this Sunday, it is emphasized that Berlin has allocated a total of more than 11,000 million euros for this year and later to continue military support for Ukraine. Zelensky thanked Germany for “powerful support”, stating that “everything contained in this security package will significantly strengthen our defense.” “Now is the time to determine the end of this war this year. This year we can make the defeat of the aggressor irreversible ”, he affirmed.

Zelensky visited Rome on Saturdaywhere he met with the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and with him Pope Francisco in the Vatican, whom he thanked for his “attention” to the “tragedy of millions of Ukrainians”. Following his first meeting with Francis since February 2020, he said they had also discussed the fate of “tens of thousands of children” Kiev says were deported to Russia, as well as their plans for peace.

Pope Francis received Zelensky at the Vatican (via Reuters)
Pope Francis received Zelensky in the Vatican (via Reuters) (VATICAN MEDIA /)

This tour comes amid preparations for a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian army and as both Ukraine and Russia claim advances on the front around the city of Bakhmut.

On the front line, Russia declared on Sunday that two of its military commanders had been killed in combat near Bakhmut, the epicenter of the fighting.

In a rare announcement of battlefield casualties, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the commander of the 4th Motorized Rifle Brigade, Viacheslav Makarov, and Yevgeny Brovko, deputy commander of the Army Corps for political-military work, they had been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The head of the Russian private group of Wagner mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, once again accused the Russian army of inaction around Bakhmut.

(With information from AFP)

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