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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy makes surprise visit to Macron of France

Volodymyr Zelenskyy,Emmanuel Macron and Scholz.Photo/DW.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine made a surprise visit to Paris for talks with French President, Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

France dispatched a plane to pick up Mr Zelenskyy in Germany, where he met Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier on Sunday.

Mr Macron’s office said the two leaders will hold talks over dinner and that the French President will “reaffirm France and Europe’s unwavering support to re-establish Ukraine in its legitimate rights and to defend its fundamental interests”.

They will also discuss Ukraine’s military and humanitarian needs and “the more long term perspectives for a return to peace in Europe”, Mr Macron’s office said.

France has so far supplied Ukraine with an array of weaponry, including air-defence systems, light tanks, howitzers and other arms and equipment and fuel.

The Ukrainian president is visiting allies in search of further arms to help his country fend off the Russian invasion with funds to rebuild what’s been destroyed by more than a year of devastating conflict.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Tony Okerafor