Scholz, Macron and Draghi are already in Kyiv to talk about the future of Ukraine

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi traveled to Kyiv on Thursday, a trip that was maintained without official confirmation until the last minute, citing security reasons. These three European rulers had been the main absentees to appointments with the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, during the war that began on February 24 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A photo released Thursday morning by the Italian government press office shows the three leaders talking aboard a train carriage somewhere en route from Poland to Ukraine. More images of a trip that has made them arrive in the Ukrainian capital around 8:30 a.m. have been distributed below.


Draghi and Macron greet Scholz upon arrival at the train

FILIPPO ATTILI / Reuters

For one reason or another, this trio of politicians have been criticized for their lack of firmness in supporting Ukraine, an impression shared by the invaded country and almost all surrounding nations, in particular Poland and the Baltic states.

Zelensky fears that the three European rulers will suggest that Ukraine make concessions to Russia to stop the war. The Ukrainians aspire to achieve the status of a candidate country for entry into the European Union (EU) in the coming days.


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BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 09: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron review a guard of honor upon Macron's arrival for talks at the Chancellery on May 09, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.  High on the agenda for the two leaders is the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine and its international repercussions.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In recent days, Macron and Scholz’s phone calls to Russian President Vladimir Putin have aroused suspicion in Kyiv, in the Baltic countries and in Eastern Europe – with the exception of Hungary and Bulgaria – as they are perceived as a disposition to make concessions, even territorial ones, to Russia. The Frenchman’s allusion to “not humiliating Russia” caused particular outrage in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

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