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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola are seen prior to their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 1.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola are seen previous to their assembly in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 1. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service)

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who known as it a “heroic” go to.

Metsola, the first leader of an EU institution to go to Ukraine because the Russian invasion started, posted an image of her shaking arms with Zelensky on Twitter Friday.

“Braveness, power, resolve. With Zelensky in Kyiv. Slava Ukraini!” Metsola captioned the picture. 

Her go to was welcomed by the Ukrainian chief who, in a speech posted to social media on Friday, known as it an “necessary second” for the nation. 

“You display heroism as a result of it is heroic to return to Ukraine right now. After all, we defend Ukraine as a result of it is our nation and our life however to return from overseas, it is an important step of help of our individuals,” Zelensky remarked.

Final month, the Prime Ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic also traveled to Ukraine and reaffirmed their support for the country amid the continuing Russian invasion throughout a gathering with Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal within the capital of Kyiv. 

Talking in an deal with to the Ukrainian parliament on Friday, Metsola stated she had come “as a consultant of the European Parliament” to inform Ukrainians one factor: “We’re with you. In good occasions and in much less good occasions — we’re with you.”

Metsola made three guarantees to Ukraine throughout her speech: To carry these “accountable accountable for what they’ve dedicated right here,” to handle Ukrainian households compelled to flee their houses and to help Ukraine’s European Union aspirations. 

“The European Union acknowledges Ukraine’s European ambitions and your aspirations to be a candidate nation for accession. And I stand earlier than all of you right here to say, that you would be able to rely on me, you may rely on the European Parliament in supporting Ukraine’s path in reaching this purpose. We all know what blood was spilt to get right here. And we won’t allow you to down,” Metsola careworn. 

In his speech, Zelensky lamented the truth that he could not come and personally deal with the European Parliament as a consequence of “comprehensible circumstances,” including although that he thought that “voice of Ukraine is being heard at the moment.”

“I’m glad that in {our relationships} there aren’t any hierarchy, no pathetic feelings. You could have come, and it is a essential sign, we’re very grateful and can always remember,” Zelensky concluded.