UK PM Johnson Meets With President Zelensky

UK PM Johnson Meets With President Zelensky

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53 min agoBritish PM Boris Johnson meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in KyivFrom CNN’s Alex Hardie and Max Foster in London

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in this photo shared by the Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. (Embassy of Ukraine to the UK/Twitter)UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday.

“The Prime Minister has travelled to Ukraine to meet President Zelenskyy in person, in a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people. They will discuss the UK’s long term support to Ukraine and the PM will set out a new package of financial and military aid,” a Downing Street spokesperson said. 

The Embassy of Ukraine to the UK tweeted a picture of Johnson sitting opposite Zelensky at a table.

1 hr 27 min ago”There are no words for the horror I’ve seen in Bucha,” European Commission chief saysFrom CNN’s James Frater and Radina Gigova

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks at bodies pulled from a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on Friday, April 8. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described what she saw during her visit to the Ukrainian town of Bucha as “horror” and reiterated her “admiration” for the Ukrainians who are fighting the Russian invasion.

“There are no words for the horror I’ve seen in Bucha, the ugly face of Putin’s army terrorizing people,” von der Leyen said during a global ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ event in Poland’s capital of Warsaw on Saturday. “I have so much admiration for our brave Ukrainian friends fighting against this. They are fighting our war.”

“It’s our fight that they are in, because it’s not only Ukraine fighting for its sovereignty and integrity, but they’re also fighting for the question whether humanity will prevail, or whether heinous devastation will be the result,” von der Leyen said. 

She traveled to Kyiv on Friday along with EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials. 

Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also spoke at the ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ event.

Zelensky praised the courage of his compatriots and reiterated his call for additional military and financial assistance.

“Russian leadership failed to account for one fact. The fact that it attacks the other largest country in the world, Ukraine, the largest by its courage. We are not afraid of massive missile strikes, Russian aircrafts and never-ending tank columns,” he said said. 

“We’re here today to answer President Zelensky’s call for the international community to ​mobilize in support for Ukrainian refugees and all Ukrainians,” said Trudeau. 

2 hr 5 min agoThe European Union is resuming its diplomatic presence in Kyiv. Italy will followFrom CNN’s Radina Gigova in Atlanta and Nicola Ruotolo in Rome

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 8. (Adam Schreck/AP)The European Union is resuming its diplomatic presence in Kyiv after moving it temporarily to Poland following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the bloc announced Friday. 

EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas “is returning to Kyiv to enhance EU presence and ensure support to our Ukrainian partners,” the bloc said on its official Twitter account Saturday. Maasikas expressed his own positive thoughts on Twitter.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell traveled to Ukraine on Friday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian officials.

“With this visit, the European Union is returning to Kyiv,” Borrell tweeted Friday. “And I mean this literally: our Head of Delegation is back here, so that we can work even more directly and more closely with our Ukrainian partners, ensuring support for Ukrainians.”

Italy also intends to reopen its embassy in Kyiv after Easter, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Saturday. 

“Ambassador [Pier Francesco] Zazo and our embassy have never left Ukraine — it is in Lviv, in the west of the country. But now the time has come to give a big signal to the Ukrainians … and thank them for kicking out the Russian troops from Kyiv,” Di Maio said speaking to the press in Volla, near Naples.The foreign minister said some Italian citizens have remained in Kyiv and “are safer thanks to the Ukrainian resistance.”

Slovenia has also reopened its embassy in Kyiv since March 28, according to Slovenia’s Foreign Ministry. 

2 hr 33 min agoRefugees sheltering in factory get modular homes from former New York governorFrom CNN’s Chris Hippensteel

Ukrainians tour the modular homes near the village of Solomonovo in Zakarpattia Oblast. (Continest)A former New York governor is working with a Hungarian company to provide modular homes for internally displaced refugees in Ukraine.  

The first shipment of about 20 foldable units arrived on April 3 in Solomonovo in Zakarpattia Oblast, a village just across Ukraine’s border with Hungary and Slovakia.

The houses were set up near a factory that has served as a temporary shelter for more than 100 refugees, many of them women and children, former New York Gov. George Pataki told CNN. 

Pataki’s foundation, the George E. Pataki Leadership and Learning Center, paid Hungary-based company Continest to build, ship and set up the units which are designed to be easy to move and deploy.

“We don’t have the resources to provide the quite literally hundreds of thousands that are needed across Ukraine, but we’re gonna do everything we can to provide as many as we can,” Pataki said. “We’re providing the first step. We just hope that this serves as a model.”  

“In the factory, people are safe – they have heat, they have running water, but they don’t have any privacy,” said Vidor Kis-Márton, CEO of Continest. “This is what we can offer them.” He said another ten units from Continest will continue on to the town of Bucha.  

Housing crisis for displaced people

Pataki’s foundation has made repeated trips to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion, delivering food and other supplies. He said they quickly realized there was an intense need for housing for displaced Ukrainians. 

The International Organization for Migration estimates that at least 7.1 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced by the conflict. More than 4.2 million people have left Ukraine since the invasion began in late February, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Pataki expressed concern that charitable organizations and nonprofits are undertaking much of the work to house internally displaced people — and that humanitarian aid from the United States and other countries hasn’t yet played a sizeable role, at least in the regions he’s visited.  

The modular houses will provide temporary homes for refugees. (Continest)Kis-Márton hopes the units will remain in place until serious efforts can begin to rebuild homes in Ukraine — something he doesn’t predict will happen overnight. In the meantime, he hopes the modular houses will offer Ukrainians safety and dignity while the country rebuilds. 

“We are already thinking about rebuilding,” Kis-Márton said. “The war is not over, but the rebirth of Ukraine has actually started.”

3 hr 12 min agoUkraine’s trains have helped 3.5 million people flee their homes since the

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