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European Leaders Unite In Support Of Ukraine Against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy answers media questions during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday Feb. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

More than 20 European heads of state and government, along with other Western officials, have convened in Paris to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia. The gathering, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, aims to underscore unwavering support for Kyiv and send a clear message to Moscow.

President Macron emphasized the need to bolster aid to Ukraine and ensure that Russia does not achieve victory in the region. He stressed the critical nature of the current situation and called for sustained efforts to support Ukraine's defense capabilities.

The conference in Paris is focused on enhancing coordination among European nations to fulfill aid commitments and provide ongoing assistance to Ukraine. While no new commitments in terms of weapon deliveries or financial aid are expected, the goal is to strengthen support for Kyiv and uphold promises of assistance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is set to participate in the conference via video link, joining leaders such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish President Andrzej Duda. The United States will be represented by a top diplomat for Europe, while the U.K. will have its Foreign Secretary in attendance.

European countries are expressing concerns about potential shifts in U.S. support for Ukraine, particularly as aid discussions in Congress remain uncertain. There are also apprehensions about the impact of former U.S. President Donald Trump's policies on Russia's actions in Europe.

The gathering in Paris follows recent 10-year bilateral agreements signed by France, Germany, and the U.K. with Ukraine, signaling long-term commitment to backing Kyiv in its efforts to secure Western support.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, European leaders are united in their resolve to stand with Ukraine and prevent Russia from achieving its objectives in the region. The conference in Paris serves as a platform for reaffirming support for Kyiv and strengthening collaborative efforts to address the ongoing crisis.

For more updates on the Russia-Ukraine war, visit AP's coverage.

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