Macron, Scholz and Draghi to visit Kyiv ahead of G7 summit: report

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that Chancellor Olaf Scholz will travel to Kyiv with his French and Italian counterparts ahead of the G7 summit in late June.

“We are unable to confirm this,” a German government spokesman told Reuters after the report was released.

Many world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have made surprise visits to Kyiv without announcing them publicly.

While Scholz, Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have maintained a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, none of the three leaders have visited Kyiv since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

Macron has been accused of undermining efforts to push Putin to the negotiating table by some Eastern and Baltic partners in Europe.

Placing huge pressures on their resources and stockpiles, Russia and Ukraine have expended large amounts of weapons in what has become a bitter war of attrition in the Donbass.

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According to the British Ministry of Defence, Russian bombers likely launched heavy anti-ship missiles dating back to the 1960s in Ukraine, which were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead.

Expressing hope for European Union membership soon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv had taken over villages and towns in the southeastern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

It comes after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv and met with Zelensky and said the EU executive’s opinion on Ukraine’s request to join the bloc would be ready by the end of next week.

(With agency contributions)

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