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Trio of European leaders take train to Kyiv for talks; Zelenskyy says Russia has ‘significant advantage’ – CNBC


Macron, Scholz and Draghi are in Kyiv to meet Zelenskyy

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have traveled to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy today.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at Kyiv train station on June 16, 2022, after traveling from Poland with the German chancellor and Italian prime minister.

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The trio travelled to Kyiv by train from Poland for the high-profile visit, becoming the latest in a line of Western leaders to make the trip to the Ukrainian capital.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (center), Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron on board a train bound for Kyiv on June 16, 2022. The visit by the three European leaders has taken weeks to organize, with the three men looking to overcome criticism over their response to the war.

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The visit by the three European leaders has reportedly taken weeks to organize and comes as they look to rebuff criticism of their response to the war, with all being accused of being slow and somewhat reluctant to support Ukraine with weapons.

Ukrainian border authorities with the passports of the three leaders on board the train to Kyiv.

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UN says a food crisis would accelerate global displacement

Refugees from Donbas at the train station of Lviv, Ukraine. More than 100 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide by May 2022 due to persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations, the UN refugee agency said.

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A food crisis on top of existing crises would exacerbate the increasing trend of global displacement, Reuters reported, citing the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

At the end of 2021, 89.3 million people were forcibly displaced, well over double the number from 10 years ago, according to UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report.

That figure has swelled to over 100 million, driven in part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which the agency said caused the fastest and one of the largest forced displacement crises since World War II.

Grandi also criticized the “monopoly” of resources given to Ukraine compared with other underfunded programs for the displaced, Reuters reported.

“Ukraine should not make us forget other crises,” he said, according to Reuters.

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Russian forces using ‘all available firepower’ to pound Severodonetsk, Ukraine says

Russian forces are using “all available firepower” to pound the key target of Severodonetsk and neighboring Lysychansk as well as Bilohorivka, a settlement to the west of the twin cities that are separated by the Siverskyi Donets river.

In the latest military update from Ukraine’s armed forces, spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said that “the Russian occupiers continue to fire on the units of our troops with all available firepower.”

“The enemy does not stop trying to establish full control over the city of Severodonetsk” he said, adding that “the fighting continues.”

Russian forces have been throwing everything they can at seizing Severodonetsk, which was the last major Ukrainian-held city in the Luhansk province. Around 80% of the city was in Russian hands yesterday, with fierce street battles taking place for, as President Zelenskyy put it earlier this week, “every meter of the city.”

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