President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with the Minister of Defense of the Italian Republic, Lorenzo Guerini, who arrived in our country.
At the beginning of the conversation, the Head of State expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi, his government, and the entire Italian people for their constant support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, its struggle for its existence, as well as for the shelter and sensitive attitude towards the temporarily displaced Ukrainians. Italy’s leading role in granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership was noted.
“Despite domestic political issues, the situation in Ukraine remains very important for Italy,” the President noted.
Volodymyr Zelensky informed the interlocutor about the state of affairs at the front and emphasized that strengthening the Armed Forces is a vital priority for Ukraine today.
Separately, the parties focused on the need to continue sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation.
Lorenzo Guerini conveyed to Volodymyr Zelensky congratulations from the President, Prime Minister, and the people of Italy.
The Minister of Defense of the Italian Republic said that he visited Irpin and Gostomel and saw with his own eyes the destruction caused by the Russians.
Lorenzo Guerini also admired the heroism of Ukrainians who defended the cities of their country.