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Russia-Ukraine: Italian premier in Kiev

Meloni: "I think it is right to be here to reiterate the position of the Italian Government"

The Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, arrived in Kiev for her first visit to Ukraine in these hours. It is a trip that comes just a few days before the anniversary of the Russian military invasion of the country, which began on February 24, 2022. Today she will visit the cities of Bucha and Irpin, as well as the suburbs of Kiev where the Russians killed hundreds of civilians, then in the afternoon she will meet the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

"I think it is right to be here to reiterate the position of the Italian Government and perhaps also to personally realize what is needed by a people fighting for freedom". "It's always different to see with your own eyes, I think it also helps Italians understand". "I'm curious, determined to understand what these people need", said Meloni, as she got off the train in Kiev. 

Upon her arrival at the capital's central railway station, the Italian premier was welcomed with a bouquet of flowers by the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yevhen Perebyinis. Today the prime minister will stop at the Orthodox church of Sant'Andrea and lay a wreath to commemorate all the victims laid down in the mass graves. Responsibility for war crimes always denied by Moscow.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency