Charles Michel becomes latest EU leader to visit Kyiv

European Council chief Charles Michel has traveled to Kyiv and will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“In Kyiv today. In the heart of a free and democratic Europe,” Michel tweeted, along with a photo of himself on a train platform hugging Olga Stefanishyna, the Ukrainian prime minister for European affairs and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The European Council chief is expected to meet Zelenskyy later on Wednesday.

Michel’s show of solidarity comes after European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell also traveled to the Ukrainian capital earlier this month. Though Eastern European leaders were the first to visit Kyiv in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

On Tuesday, Western leaders promised to provide more help to Ukraine during a videoconference convened by U.S. President Joe Biden, which Michel participated in along with other EU leaders.



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