3 European leaders will visit Zelensky in Kyiv

The Polish, Czech and Slovenian Prime Ministers will travel to kyiv on Tuesday to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and convey the European Union’s “unequivocal support” to Ukraine on the 20th day of the Russian invasion.

The last: The dramatic visit comes as Ukraine still maintains control of kyiv, although Russian forces continue to shell targets – including residential and other civilian buildings – in the city while slowly moving troops and vehicles towards its center.

  • Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least four people were killed by a Russian strike on a building and announced a 35-hour curfew starting Tuesday evening, according to The New York Times.
  • The Russian and Ukrainian delegations resumed negotiations on Tuesday, with kyiv demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country. Mykhailo Podolyak, assistant to Zelensky, said in a tweet that a potential ceasefire was discussed during the talks.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said tuesday he is helping people evacuate Sumy in northeastern Ukraine by leading two convoys of around 70 trucks, although he has told the United Nations he has been unable to provide aid to those under siege in Mariupol, according to Reuters.

Why is this important: Traveling to Kyiv, the three EU leaders will visit an active war zone with the blessing of EU leaders, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

What they say : “The purpose of this visit is to confirm the unequivocal support of the whole European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine,” the Polish government said on Tuesday.

  • “The purpose of this visit is also to present a broad package of support measures for Ukraine and Ukrainians,” he added.

The big picture: The EU also announced a fourth sanctions package against Russia on Tuesday which partially revokes its “most favored nation” business status and other World Trade Organization benefits.

  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered the EU’s transformation into a foreign policy heavyweight by sanctioning Moscow and aiding Ukrainians with military and humanitarian goods.
  • The invasion put Ukraine on a fast track to EU membership while motivating other countries, such as Georgia, to apply to join the bloc, as domestic support for Ukraine galvanized the calls for integration into the West.
  • More than 3 million Ukrainian refugees have escaped the invasion by entering Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and other countries in what the United Nations has called Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. since World War II.

Go further: Update on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis

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