Travelogue: From Brussels to Kyiv, European diplomacy stands the test of war
13 February 2023 | 10:46 am
In this special travelogue, FRANCE 24's Caroline de Camaret and Luke Brown follow EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell step by step through the EU-Ukraine summit that happened last week in Kyiv. Our team accompanies him on the train, on the plane, in meetings and on a visit to a mine clearance operation.
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Ukraine is pushing to acquire more heavy weapons from Western allies to defend against Russia's invasion. In Europe, the focus is on the delivery of battle tanks, which Kyiv says are a crucial part of its strategy to make progress on the battlefield.
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