German, French, Italian leaders arrive in Kyiv

STORY: The visit has taken weeks to organize with the three men looking to overcome criticism within Ukraine over their response to the war.

"It's an important moment. It's a message of unity we're sending to the Ukrainians," Macron said as he arrived in Kyiv.

Asked why the visit was taking place now, an Elysee official said they had considered it was best to do it just before an EU summit next week that is due to discuss Kyiv's bid to join the 27-nation bloc.

The European Commission is due to make on Friday (June 17) a recommendation on Ukraine's status as an EU candidate, something the biggest European nations have been lukewarm about.

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