'You can count on our brotherhood' -Macron to Ukraine

STORY: The leaders of Germany, France and Italy, all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious, offered the hope of EU membership to a country pleading for weapons to fend off Russia's invasion.

"All four of us support the status of Ukraine's immediate candidacy for accession to the European Union," Macron said, adding "We will do everything so that Ukraine can choose its destiny on its own, because it's for Ukraine and its leaders, its representatives and its people to decide for themselves."

Macron also reiterated the United Nations appeal to lift the blockade of Ukrainian ports to allow grain exports.

The war has caused global economic disruption and surging prices for food and energy, forcing central banks around the world to jack up borrowing costs even while their economies stumble.

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