Ukraine, live coverage – “Zelensky visits Italy at the weekend: possible meetings with the Pope, Mattarella and Meloni”

Ukraine, live coverage – “Zelensky visits Italy at the weekend: possible meetings with the Pope, Mattarella and Meloni”

Maybe Zelensky will visit Rome at the weekend

The possibility of a lightning visit to Rome by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who may meet Pope Francis, President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, is becoming more real. Details are still top secret, but – according to what has been learned from various qualified sources – Zelensky should arrive in Italy between Saturday and Sunday, as part of a series of visits to European countries. The Holy Father could receive the Ukrainian Head of State in the Vatican, while contacts are taking place in the Quirinale to finalize the agenda for the meeting with Mattarella. However, perhaps the most anticipated moment will be the face-to-face confrontation with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whom Zelensky met in Kiev on February 21. It was precisely on that occasion that the Prime Minister extended his invitation to Italy, an invitation that was repeated on April 26 on the occasion of the Rome Reconstruction Conference. Zelensky has already been to Helsinki and The Hague in recent days, while on Saturday and Sunday he is expected to visit Germany: first in Berlin, to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and then in Aachen to receive an award. A visit to Rome could be included in this agenda, which has not yet been officially confirmed for obvious security reasons.

Zielinski heads to meet Meloni in Rome on Sunday

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to meet Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Rome on Sunday. This is what parliamentary circles have learned to the majority. The visit is still being finalized.

Kiev: “Bombs are increasing in Bakhmut, and the Russians have no ammunition”

“The number of Russian bombings in the regions of Bakhmut and Liman has increased significantly in recent weeks.” This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar, explaining that “the claims of the occupiers about the so-called lack of ammunition are untrue.” The enemy is simply misleading us for his military purposes. Malian added that they are able to communicate by phone, not by posting video and audio appeals on social networks.

Kiev army: “Beat the Russian troops near Bakhmut.”

“Artillery of the 3rd Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, using a D-30 howitzer, hit Russian troops near the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, inflicting losses on the enemy.” The press service of the band itself writes about it on Telegram, and also posts a video. The army stated that “with a direct hit, six of them were injured and another was killed.” Earlier, Bakhmut border guards reported shooting down four Russian drones.

Sources in the Vatican: “Possible meeting between the Pope and Zelensky”

“It is possible that the Pope will meet the Ukrainian President on Saturday.” Vatican sources told ANSA in response to rumors that President Volodymyr Zelensky might pay a lightning visit to Rome. At the moment, it is only a hypothesis, and therefore there are no official confirmations regarding the time and place of this possible meeting. The Pope received Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal two weeks ago, while he received Zelensky before the war in February 2020.

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US Security Adviser meets Chinese Foreign Minister

US security advisor Jake Sullivan met with CPC foreign policy chief Wang Yi in Vienna. The White House reported this in a note. The memo said Sullivan and Wang Yi had a “frank, substantive and constructive” discussion on major issues in bilateral relations between the United States and China, global and regional security, Russia’s war against Ukraine and the Taiwan Strait.
The White House explains that the meeting is part of an ongoing effort to keep an open dialogue with Beijing based on commitments made by Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in Bali last November. The US advisor and the Chinese official agreed to “maintain this important channel of communication.”

US ambassador: “South Africa has armed Russia”

The South African government supplied weapons to Russia. The US ambassador denounced this, according to local media reports.

Mattarella: “Confronting Moscow, but seeking a haven of peace”

We need to “confront Russia’s aggressive policy” but this “must not distract us from the search for a haven of peace”. This was confirmed by President Sergio Mattarella, speaking in Oslo with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Storr. “Russia’s decision (to attack) is illogical: we hope that elements of rationality will return to Moscow.”

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