The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, travels to kyiv this Thursday in the middle of the Russian invasion. She is the first European leader of this rank to travel to an area of Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion, 36 days ago.
“On the way to kyiv”. This has been confirmed by Metsola through a message on his Twitter account in which he has also used the hashtag in support of the beleaguered country #StandWithUkraine. As elDiario.es has learned this Thursday, the popular The European Union will not go to the PP congress in Seville this Friday, as planned, due to its transfer to the Ukrainian capital, although no further details of the trip are known at the moment.
It is a gesture of support for the country that adds to others shown by the European Union. On March 7, the 27 EU states agreed to ask the European Commission for an evaluation of Ukraine’s application to join the body. However, a few days later, European leaders cooled down the possibility of a quick accession to the EU, as requested by Zelensky after the beginning of the invasion.
Metsola is not the first leader to go to a Ukrainian city in the midst of conflict, although she is the highest-ranking one. The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled to kyiv on March 15 to show their support and meet with President Volodímir Zelenski, on a trip that had the purpose of “confirming the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and present a comprehensive package of support to the state and society.”
Meanwhile, the attacks continue. Despite Russia’s commitment to partially withdraw its troops from kyiv, Chernigov and northern Ukraine to “increase mutual trust” in the negotiations between the two delegations, the surroundings of the capital continue to be bombarded by Russian troops. As reported on Wednesday by the adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Vadym Denisenko, this is the case of Irpin, a town near kyiv that Ukraine had announced as liberated. Also in Chernigov. According to the UK Defense Ministry, Russian forces still hold positions east and west of kyiv. “Heavy fighting is likely to break out in the city’s suburbs in the coming days,” says the British body’s report.