French President Emmanuel Macron met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Thursday after visiting the war-scarred town of Irpin, where Macron praised Ukrainians for their “heroism” in the face of the Russian invasion. The French leader, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Ukraine earlier Thursday to deliver “a message of European unity”, Macron said.
The three European leaders met with Zelensky in Kyiv on Thursday, after Macron a trip to the war-scarred town of Irpin.
Irpin is the closest Moscow’s army got to the capital at the start of the war. Residential buildings and civilian infrastructure remain damaged in the suburb following Russian troops’ attempts to capture Kiev.
“It’s here, among other places, that the Ukrainians stopped the Russian army descending onto Kyiv,” Macron said. “It represents the heroism of the army, but also of the Ukrainian population. And alongside that, you have traces of barbarism.”