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Europe increases support for Ukraine as Russia pushes for offensive – SABC News

Britain will hold talks on the restoration of key infrastructure in Kyiv on Friday, a day after the leaders of Germany, France and Italy visited Ukraine and offered it hope of joining the EU as it fights against Russia’s brutal offensive in the east.

Airstrikes were heard as French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Olaf Scholz and Italy’s Mario Draghi visited the Ukrainian capital and a nearby town that was destroyed early in the war.

After talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the leaders indicated that Ukraine should be given the status of European Union candidate, a symbolic gesture that would bring Kyiv closer to the economic bloc.
Scholz said Germany had received 800,000 Ukrainian refugees and would continue to support Ukraine for as long as needed.

“Ukraine belongs to the European family,” he said.

Britain will receive representatives from Ukraine and business leaders on Friday to discuss how British companies can help rebuild key infrastructure in Kyiv.

The UK will promote the co – operation of its infrastructure, energy and transport companies and Ukrainian public and private bodies to assist in repairing damaged and destroyed infrastructure.

On the battlefield, Ukrainian officials said their troops were holding out against large-scale Russian bombings in the eastern city of Sieviero Donetsk and described new progress in counter-offensive in the south.

But they said fighting on both main fronts depended on more aid from the West, especially the artillery to counter Russia’s huge advantage in firearms.

“We appreciate the support that partners have already provided, we expect new shipments, primarily heavy weapons, modern missile guns, missile defense systems,” Zelenskiy said on Thursday after talks with his European counterparts.

Macron said France would intensify arms shipments to Kyiv, but NATO defense ministers, who met in Brussels, promised more weapons to Ukraine as they made plans to strengthen the US-led eastern alliance.

Europe increases support for Ukraine as Russia pushes for offensive – SABC News

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