LIVE    War in Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron arrived in Kyiv

LIVE War in Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron arrived in Kyiv

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Macron arrived in Kyiv

As of this Thursday morning, Emmanuel Macron arrived in Kyiv on board a train, accompanied by his German and Italian counterparts. His first trip since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

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BFMTV on board the Presidential train

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi boarded a special train to Kyiv, Italian and German media said Thursday ahead of the confirmation from the French side of the Elysee.

Our international political columnist Ulysse Gosset reports from the train on the President’s trip, the first since the beginning of the war.

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About 10,000 civilians are still present in Severodonetsk

About 10,000 civilians are still in the city of Severodonetsk, a key Donbass city that the Russians have been trying to capture for weeks, Sergei Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, said by telegram on Thursday.

The city, which is constantly bombed and whose three bridges that connected it to the neighboring city of Lysytchansk are now destroyed, had a population of 100,000 before the Russian invasion began on February 24.

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Olaf Scholz under pressure for arms sales

The German Chancellor, who is currently on his way to Kyiv, has promised a large number of arms deliveries since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, which have since been difficult to realise. A waltz hesitation that brought him criticism in Kyiv as in his country.

According to several media, Olaf Scholz will travel to Ukraine with the French head of state on Thursday. This trip comes at a sensitive time for the leader, who has been accused by his critics of being too complacent with Moscow, like Emmanuel Macron.

“All the heads of state and government of our partner countries and of course the Chancellor know exactly what Ukraine needs, the only problem is that the (arms) supplies from Germany are not at the level where they could be,” said the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the German weekly Die Zeit on Wednesday.

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Macron, Scholz and Drahi on a train to Kyiv

Several German and Italian media circulated photos of the three leaders on a night train leaving Poland bound for Kyiv. This trip is a first for the leaders of the three main European Union countries since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

Note that Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will also be present when he meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In fact, after Moldova on Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron was also scheduled to meet the latter.

Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Mario Draghi on the train to KyivEmmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Mario Draghi on the train to Kyiv © BFMTV

Emmanuel Macron had already visited Kyiv on February 8 after meeting Vladimir Putin in Moscow, but had not returned there since.

Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi on a train to Kyiv, June 16, 2022 Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi on a train to Kyiv, June 16, 2022 © BFMTV

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Macron, Scholz and Draghi on the train to Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi boarded a special train to Kyiv, Italian and German media reported on Thursday.

The three leaders boarded this special train in Poland and are expected in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Thursday morning, according to ZDF in Germany and Italian daily La Repubblica, which publishes a photo of the three leaders on board the train.

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Two Americans missing fighting in Ukraine, feared capture by Moscow

Americans who volunteered to fight with Ukrainian forces have been missing for days and may be captured by Russia, lawmakers and family members said Wednesday.

According to these reports, Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, both from Alabama state, were involved in the fighting north of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Earlier this week, the mother of Alexander Drueke, an army veteran who volunteered to help the Ukrainian army fight Russia, contacted my services after “losing contact with his son for several days,” she said Alabama House Representative Terri Sewell made a statement.

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The food crisis threatens to increase the number of displaced people worldwide

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees warns that if the world fails to contain the severe food crisis caused by Russia, the record of 100 million uprooted people will increase by “many people”.

“What is being done to respond to the food insecurity crisis (…) is crucial to prevent more people from moving,” Filippo Grandi stressed during a briefing.

He does not know how many, “but it will be a large number,” underlined the High Commissioner when presenting the 2021 annual report of the organization he heads.

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