Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Macron and Scholz visit Kyiv; Luhansk region under attack from ‘nine directions’

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania arrived in Kyiv on June 16, marking the highest-profile visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia invaded. (Video: Reuters)

Updated June 16, 2022 at 11: 17 a.m. EDT|Published

June 16, 2022 at 2: 00 a.m. EDT

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In a diplomatic show of support for Ukraine, the leaders of France, Italy and Germany — all members of the European Union — arrived in Kyiv on Thursday morning. As the visitors arrived, air raid sirens sounded throughout the city. French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the leaders had brought a message of unity. Ukraine is pushing for E.U. Some European leaders see membership as an impossible goal.

Macron — along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis — visited Irpin, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital that was extensively damaged during a Russian occupation in March. Macron stated that war crimes and massacres were committed in this area, while adding France support the efforts to bring those accountable.

In Ukraine’s battered east, the Luhansk region is being attacked from “nine directions simultaneously,” the country’s top general said, in line with recent Western assessments that the area could soon fall into Russian hands. The West is rushing weapons supplies to Russia, so Kyiv pledged to fight on the eastern front to protect the rest of Ukraine.

Here’s what else to know

  • President Biden on Wednesday responded to calls from Ukraine for more weapons as he announced an additional $1 billion in security assistance to the country.
  • Russia’s war has pushed global displacement figures to record levels, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday — more than 100 million people have been forced to flee their homes, up from 89.3 million at the end of 2021.
  • Two U.S. military veterans have gone missing in Ukraine, and it is feared they have been captured by Russia, family members of the missing Americans said.

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