Scholz, Macron, Draghi in first visit to Kyiv
17 July 2022 | 10:00 am
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi are in Kyiv for their first visit to Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Kyiv has been making increasingly urgent calls for more military support.
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