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European Parliament President Roberta Metsola to visit Kyiv

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola is traveling to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in a show of support for the country in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

“On my way to Kyiv,” Metsola tweeted late Thursday evening.

According to Metsola’s spokesperson Jüri Laas, Metsola “will pass a message of support and hope on behalf of the European Parliament.” No further details of the trip could be provided for security reasons.

Metsola is the first president of an EU institution to visit the Ukrainian capital since Russia launched its lethal invasion on February 24.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech PM Petr Fiala and Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Janša traveled to Kyiv earlier this month to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his PM Denys Shmyhal. In the wake of that visit, Zelenskyy invited other world leaders to visit the capital.

“I invite all friends of Ukraine to visit Kyiv,” Zelenskyy said in a video posted on social media, before adding: “It can be dangerous here. Because our sky is not yet closed to Russian missiles and planes.”

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