by Olha Povaliaieva
Thursday, June 16, 2022

European leaders commented on their visit to the occupied Ukrainian city

On June 16, Draghi, Macron, Scholz, and Iohannis began their day in Kyiv with a trip to the city, which had been under Russian occupation for a month. On the way to Kyiv, Emmanuel Macron described the upcoming one as "go to the scene of the fighting where the murder was committed." During their stay in Irpin, Macron, like his colleagues, saw evidence of Russian barbarism in territory that does not belong to them and will never belong.

At a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, each of the European participants of the delegation briefly commented on their impressions. In particular. Emmanuel Macron expressed respect to the Ukrainian people for the heroism with which they defend their freedom and their state. "Ukraine must be able to resist further and gain an advantage."

Klaus Iohannis voiced the need to bring to justice every criminal who is involved in organizing and carrying out the war against Ukraine. Romania absolutely supports international justice in relation to Russia. "No words to describe the unimaginable human tragedy and horrible destructions we saw today in Irpin. I strongly renew my appeal for all Russian perpetrators to be held responsible by the international criminal justice, which Romania fully supports."

Mario Draghi confirmed the guarantees of his state to help Ukraine in the reconstruction of infrastructure after the war's end. A little later, the prime minister will be ready to discuss with Ukraine the Marshall Plan, which is likely to be implemented in Ukraine.

Olaf Scholz made and voiced the conclusion that Russia's actions against Ukraine "are aimed only at destruction." He also confirmed his words about Germany's support for Ukraine. "Like Bucha, Irpin has long since become a symbol for the unimaginable cruelty of the Russian war, for senseless violence. The brutal destruction in this city is a memorial — this war must end." 

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