French FM Colonna arrives in Ukraine to show support

30 May, 01:12 PM
Catherine Colonna for the first time in Ukraine as Foreign Minister of France (Photo:Catherine Colonna/Twitter)

Catherine Colonna for the first time in Ukraine as Foreign Minister of France (Photo:Catherine Colonna/Twitter)

Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Catherine Colonna arrived in Ukraine on May 30, saying she had come to show support for the Ukrainian people amid Russia's full-scale invasion.

"I've just arrived in Ukraine to show France's support for the Ukrainian people," she tweeted on her arrival.

The French Foreign Ministry's press service said Colonna would visit the capital city of Kyiv and the town of Bucha, where the Russian invaders had tortured and killed hundreds of Ukrainian civilians.

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This is her first visit to Ukraine in this position.

"With this trip, the minister wants to demonstrate France's solidarity with the Ukrainian people and its determination to strengthen Ukraine's support for Russian aggression, both in humanitarian and financial terms, and the supply of defense weapons," the French Foreign Ministry said.

During her visit, Colonna will present civil security equipment donated by France to the Ukrainian authorities, including fire engines and ambulances.

The French foreign minister will also meet with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A host of Western leaders and top officials, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have visited Kyiv since mid-March.

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