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The Elysee Palace has not yet confirmed this trip, but French President Emmanuel Macron and his German and Italian counterparts are expected in kyiv on Thursday, where they are expected to express Europe’s support for Ukraine at war. Follow the situation hour by hour.

  • 4:01 am: E. Macron, O. Scholz and M. Draghi expected in kyiv

The Elysee Palace has not confirmed Emmanuel Macron’s trip, but several Italian and German media have indicated that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will visit the Ukrainian capital on Thursday. This trip would be a first for the leaders of the three main countries of the European Union, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The three men are due to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss, in addition to military support, Ukraine’s request to join the European Union. France, Germany and Italy are in favor of it, but in a more or less distant perspective.

  • 12:11 a.m.: Two Americans fighting in Ukraine missing, Moscow capture fears

Americans who volunteered to fight with Ukrainian forces have been missing for days and may have been captured by Russia, lawmakers and family members said Wednesday.

Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, both from the state of Alabama, were involved in the fighting north of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, according to these accounts.

“Earlier this week, the mother of Alexander Drueke, an army veteran ‘who’ had volunteered to help the Ukrainian army fight Russia, contacted my services after losing contact with his son” for “several days,” said Alabama House Representative Terri Sewell in a statement.

His colleague Robert Aderholt added that the family of Andy Tai Huynh, a former Marine, had had no contact with him since June 8, “when he was in the Kharkiv region”.

Alexander Drueke’s mother told the American channel CNN that they were “presumed prisoners of war, but (that) it (had) not been confirmed”. The US Embassy in Kyiv “could not verify that he is with the Russians, all they can verify is that he is missing,” Bunny Drueke added.

“We don’t want to make assumptions about what may have happened at this stage,” Andy Tai Huynh’s companion told the American channel. “We are obviously considering several scenarios, one of them being that they could have been captured,” Joy Black continued.

With AFP

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