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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 10. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had an “open and friendly conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as with Dutch Foreign Minister Hoekstra”, a source in the German delegation said.

“The conversation focused on military and reconstruction assistance to Ukraine, as well as how to resolve the blockade of Ukraine’s much-needed global food exports,” the media said.

Germany will start reopening its embassy in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced during a visit to Kyiv on Tuesday.

The embassy will start operating with limited capacity, Baerbock said, and German Ambassador to Kyiv Anka Feldhusen will once again be the German representative in Kyiv.

In her remarks, the Foreign Minister also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been the victim of self-deception.

“He believed that our European values ​​of freedom and humanity made us decadent and weak. The Ukrainians have proven that in reality it is the opposite. Your will for freedom makes you strong,” Baerbock said.

“And the knowledge that you are fighting for your humanity against an army that knows only cynicism and terror. This is why your fight marks a turning point in the global dispute between liberal democracy and autocratic regimes,” she continued.

Baerbock also visited Babyn Yar, a historic site in Ukraine where massacres were perpetrated by Nazi forces during World War II. In March, Russian missiles struck near the memorial, located on the northern outskirts of kyiv, which commemorates the site where more than 33,000 Jews were shot in 1941.

Zelensky, who is Jewish, tweeted at the time that the Russian attack was “history repeating itself”.

CNN’s Zahid Mahmood contributed reporting for this post.


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