Italian news agency ADNKronos reported Wednesday evening that Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schulz are on their way to Kyiv. On Thursday, the three leaders will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The agency confirms that Draghi, Macron and Schulze send a strong message of solidarity with Zelensky and the Ukrainian people to the Ukrainian capital.
According to ADNKronos Envoy, during the visit of the Italian Prime Minister, President of France and German Chancellor Issues such as the development of the situation in the Donbass, analysis of events on the front, the need to abolish the export ban on Ukrainian grain and the question of Ukraine’s candidacy to the European Union.
In turn, ANSA notes that the task of the three leaders who will arrive in Kyiv in the morning is to reaffirm their support for Ukraine and to check whether there are possible ways out of the conflict.
It is also mentioned that Before the trip, Macron said that “the Ukrainian president and his officials should negotiate with Russia.”. As Ansa adds, the French president, who spoke most often with Vladimir Putin, is of the opinion that Russia should not be “humiliated”.
For Prime Minister Draghi, one of the main issues is the blockade of Ukrainian grain and the need to create safe corridors for its transport.
And Ansa notes that it is likely that the topic of the talks in Kyiv will be the weapons that Ukraine requests, stressing that the task of the “troika” will not be easy.
The commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valery Zaluzhny, announced, on Wednesday, that the Russian forces are trying to attack in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, simultaneously in nine directions. The Russians use aviation, missile systems and artillery.
“The enemy has mobilized its main offensive forces in the north of the oblast and is trying to attack simultaneously in nine directions,” Al-Zayouni said in a statement posted on Telegram.
The nine directions of Russian attack mentioned by the general are Popasna-Komyszuwacha, then Lisiczańsk, Popasna-Mykołajiwka, Popasna-Berestowe, and then from north to south: Bohorodyczne-Słowiańsk, Izium-Słowiańsk, Popasna-Switłodarsk-Switłodarsk-Severodonesk, and East to West: Metiołkine and Toszkiwka-Komyszuwacha.
General Zaoni added that Severodonetsk remains the center of defensive operations of the Ukrainian forces.
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