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German President Steinmeier’s visit to the war-torn country of Ukraine

The German president arrived in Kiev on Tuesday, his first visit to Kiev since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday morning. This is Steinmeier’s first visit to Ukraine since the Russian attack on February 24 this year.
“My message to the Ukrainian people is that we not only stand by your side, but we will continue to support Ukraine economically, politically and militarily,” the president said after his arrival in Kyiv.
“We must not forget what this war means to the people of Ukraine. How much suffering and how much destruction there has been. The people of Ukraine need us,” Steinmeier said to the Germans at home. ”
“It was important for me to send a message of solidarity to the Ukrainian people, especially in this environment of airstrikes with drones, cruise missiles and rockets,” he added. “Delighted” to come, he praised the Ukrainians’ “courage, perseverance and unwavering determination.”
According to a pre-arranged program, the German president was expected to arrive in Ukraine on Thursday. However, due to Russian missile and drone attacks on Kiev, the security situation was tense, so the visit was canceled at short notice.
A senior official in the president’s office said that security officials in Germany and the foreign ministry had advised Steinmeier not to go at the time and later said the visit would be rescheduled soon.
However, other leaders continued their visit to Kiev on the same day as per the pre-arranged program. For example, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis visited Kiev on the same day as German President Steinmeier.
Earlier, the German president had planned a visit to Kiev in April with the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. However, the Ukrainian government rescinded Steinmeier’s invitation, citing the German president’s friendly relations with Russia.
German politicians expressed their displeasure at this position of Ukraine. Although the German president himself admitted that some of his policies regarding Russia were not correct.
Finally, in early May, Steinmeier and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, had a telephone conversation and the two managed to clear the diplomatic air. The Ukrainian president personally invited his German counterpart to visit Ukraine.
Meanwhile, several German politicians have traveled to the war-torn country, including German Chancellor Olaf Schulz.

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