Macron, Scholz and Draghi in Kyiv for the first visit since the Russian invasion

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday for their first visit to Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

The leaders arrived on a special train from Poland, with AFP footage showing them descending onto a platform in the Ukrainian capital.

This is their first trip to Ukraine since the Russian invasion of the country launched on February 24.

Macron said they would meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and visit “a war site where massacres have been committed”.

The French leader called alleged Russian atrocities in towns near Kyiv “war crimes”.

“It’s a message of European unity to Ukrainian men and women, of support,” Macron said as he got off the train.

He said he came “to talk about both the present and the future because the coming weeks, we know, will be very difficult”.

The visit comes as Ukraine pushes for official candidate status for EU membership.

The trio had traveled on a special train that left Poland in the early hours of Thursday.

German media said they met “overnight” in Rzeszow, in southeastern Poland, which has an international airport.

They arrived separately and met on board shortly after the train departed.

The French leader had just completed a visit to Moldova, one of Ukraine’s neighbors.

Romanian leader Klaus Iohannis is due to join his French, German and Italian counterparts in Kyiv later Thursday.

Other Western leaders have also visited Kyiv in recent weeks, after the Russian army retreated from its advance on the Ukrainian capital at the start of the invasion.

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