Four Western leaders arrive in Kyiv to show solidarity on 2nd war anniversary

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a housing announcement in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada February 20, 2024. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File Photo © Thomson Reuters

KYIV (Reuters) – Four Western leaders, including the prime ministers of Italy, Canada, and Belgium, arrived in Kyiv on Saturday to show solidarity with Ukraine on the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

Italy’s Giorgia Meloni, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Belgium’s Alexander De Croo and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travelled to the Ukrainian capital together overnight by train from neighbouring Poland, the Italian government said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni attends political festival Atreju organised by Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia) right-wing party in Rome, Italy, December 16, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo© Thomson Reuters

Meloni was due to host a videoconference later in the day from Kyiv that will involve leaders from the Group of Seven major democracies, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited to join the discussion.

Source: Reuters/Reporting by Angelo Amante and Olena Harmash; Editing by William Mallard