France, Germany, Italy, Romania Back Ukraine’s Bid for EU Membership
- The talks in Kyiv come a day after the U.S. announced it would send $1 billion in new military aid to Ukraine.
- Ukrainian troops defending Severodonetsk are clinging on to a chemical plant in the strategic eastern city.
- Russia’s move to reduce natural-gas exports to Europe is threatening to drain vital fuel supplies and hobble the continent’s economy.
KYIV, Ukraine—The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania endorsed Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union and pledged additional weapons to counter the country’s war of attrition with Russia as they met Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time since the start of the conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi traveled together to Kyiv by train at a moment when Kyiv has been pleading for more Western military support to counter Moscow’s artillery barrages. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis later joined the group in a meeting with Mr. Zelensky and at a news conference where Mr. Macron announced that all four European leaders backed Ukraine becoming a member of the EU.