Indonesian President Joko Widodo, one of a series of world leaders who visited Ukraine during the war with Russia. Photo/Presidential Bureau of the Republic of Indonesia
JAKARTA – The war between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for over a year, starting on February 24, 2022. The motive behind the invasion of Ukraine, according to Moscow, was Kiev’s desire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In the midst of the raging conflict between the two countries, several state leaders visited Ukraine.
This is a List of State Leaders Who Visited Ukraine during the War
1. Prime Minister of Canada
On Sunday (8/5/2022), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unannounced visit to the city of Irpin, Ukraine. He posted a photo where he was standing in the street against the backdrop of destroyed and burning apartment buildings.
Trudeau’s arrival means that Canada supports Ukraine and is providing military aid and humanitarian assistance to Kiev. Trudeau has also set up a special scheme for Ukrainian citizens to apply for temporary residence visas.
2. Chancellor of Germany
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Kiev on Thursday (16/6/2022). Prior to his arrival, he had promised to visit Ukraine and in the end he kept his promise.
Scholz said that it was the state of Ukraine at that time that motivated him to take action and visit the country directly.
He also added that Ukraine is part of the European family and Germany wants a positive decision in favor of the country as a candidate country for the European Union. Scholz hopes that Ukraine can join and even become a full member of the European Union.
3. Prime Minister of Italy
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi wants Ukraine to become part of the European Union after he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday (16/6/2022).
He said that the process of including Ukraine in the European Union bloc was the way to go. Draghi is visiting Ukraine for the first time since the Russian war that started in late February 2022.
The visit was intended to show Rome’s support for Kiev. Draghi said Italy would support an investigation into alleged Russian war crimes.
4. President of the United States
United States President Joe Biden visited Ukraine on Monday (20/2/2023). He met with President Zelensky to reiterate that Washington is unwavering and committed to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
During his meeting, Biden announced that he would make deliveries of important equipment, such as artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems and air surveillance radars to protect the people of Ukraine from aerial bombardment by Russia.
5. President of Indonesia
Indonesian President Joko Widodo paid a visit to Ukraine on Wednesday (29/6/2022) to show the Indonesian people’s concern for the country.
President Jokowi emphasized that a peaceful settlement and the spirit of peace should not be shaken off easily. He offered help, including medicine, and built hospitals around Kiev.
During the meeting, President Jokowi conveyed a direct invitation to President Zelensky to attend the G20 Summit which will be held in Bali in November 2022. This was done to show that Indonesia is committed to continuing to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Ukraine.
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