A view of the damaged business center after a Russian missile attack on December 29, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Russia attacked Ukraine's capital with cruise missiles and drones.
Four Western leaders, including the prime ministers of Italy, Canada, and Belgium, arrived in Kyiv on Saturday to show solidarity with Ukraine on the second anniversary of Russia's invasion.
Italy's Giorgia Meloni, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Belgium's Alexander De Croo and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travelled to the Ukrainian capital together overnight by train from neighboring Poland, the Italian government said in a statement.
Meloni was due to host a videoconference later in the day from Kyiv that will involve leaders from the Group of Seven major democracies, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited to join the discussion.
Giorgia, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Belgium's Alexander De Croo, Ursula von der Leyen, Meloni, Volodymyr ZelenskiyOrganizations:Ukraine's, European CommissionLocations:Russian, Kyiv, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Poland
In solemn ceremonies and small vigils, state visits, stirring speeches and statements of solidarity, Ukraine and its allies marked the dawn of the third year of Russia’s unprovoked invasion with a single message: Believe.
“When thousands of columns of Russian invaders moved from all directions into Ukraine, when thousands of rockets and bombs fell on our land, no one in the world believed that we would stand,” said Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, Ukraine’s newly named top military commander.
“No one believed, but Ukraine did!”On the 731st day of the war, Ukrainian soldiers once again find themselves outmanned and outgunned, fighting for their nation’s survival while also trying to convince a skeptical world that they can withstand the relentless onslaught, even as they suffer losses on the battlefield and are challenged up and down the front line by Russian forces.
The leaders of Canada, Belgium and Italy, as well as the head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, were among the dignitaries who traveled to Kyiv in a show of solidarity.
While many analysts at the outbreak of the war believed that European nations would go wobbly in their support of Ukraine in a prolonged struggle, these countries are now stepping up, trying to help fill the void left by the U.S., where Republicans in Congress have for months blocked any new military assistance to Kyiv.
”, Oleksandr Syrsky, “, Ursula von der LeyenOrganizations:Russian, European UnionLocations:Ukraine, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Kyiv, U.S
France’s farmers vented their fury at President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday as he arrived at the annual agricultural show in Paris, a giant fair long seen as a test of presidents’ relationship with the countryside.
A large crowd that had camped outside the night before broke in and scuffled with police officers in riot gear while Mr. Macron entered through a side door to meet with unions demanding an end to hardships in the industry.
During an hourlong closed-door meeting before the fair opened, with top cabinet members at Mr. Macron’s side, farmers sang the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” at the top of their lungs, blew whistles, raised fists and shouted for the president to resign, as skittish prize cows and pigs brought to the capital from farms around the country looked on nervously from their display pens.
The rowdy confrontation was the latest in a monthlong showdown that has seen farmers blockade roads around France and in Paris — a movement that has spread to other countries, including Greece, Poland, Belgium and Germany.
Emmanuel Macron, Macron, ”Locations:Paris, French, France, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Germany
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBelgium PM says NATO countries need to be 'more united than ever'Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Alexander De Croo, the prime minister of Belgium, tells CNBC's Silvia Amaro that NATO countries need to be more united than ever.
His comments came as he addressed reports that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had died, describing him as "one of the most courageous people in Russia."
Alexander De Croo, CNBC's Silvia Amaro, Alexei NavalnyOrganizations:Belgium, NATO, Munich Security ConferenceLocations:Belgium, Russia
A group representing drivers, Plataforma Nacional, and a newly created farmers' group, Plataforma 6-F, on Saturday came together to jointly demand action from Spanish and European leaders.
Members of both groups, waving Spanish flags, wearing yellow vests and shouting 'Viva Espana', gathered in a car park near the Atletico de Madrid stadium and voted in favour of joining forces.
That is why we are calling on politicians to take responsibility and do something," said Manuel Hernandez, head of the Plataforma Nacional, representing truck drivers.
Since Tuesday, Spanish farmers have joined their counterparts from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Belgium in daily protests that include blocking several highways and ports.
Both groups vowed to keep protesting, in Madrid and across the country, until their demands were met.
Manuel Hernandez, Catarina Demony, Guillermo Martinez, Jessica Jones, Jonathan OatisOrganizations:Spanish, European Union, Plataforma Nacional, Saturday, Espana, Atletico de Madrid, Nacional, SocialistLocations:MADRID, Madrid, Spanish, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium
TORIJA, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish farmers on Friday blocked streets across the country in a fourth day of protests and announced plans to gather in Madrid as they railed against the EU's environmental rules and what they see as excessive taxes and red tape.
Since Tuesday, Spanish farmers have joined peers from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Belgium in daily protests that include blocking several highways and ports.
The three main farmers' associations - COAG, Asaja and UPA - kicked off their demonstrations on Thursday, though many had started earlier in the week.
Plataforma 6, a newly created farmers' group, said it would gather outside all regional government buildings in Spain, including Madrid.
The head of business association CEOE Antonio Garamendi expressed solidarity with the farmers' protests but said they had to be conducted "in moderation to avoid harming other sectors".
Javier Corral, CEOE Antonio Garamendi, Guillermo Martinez, Marco Trujillo, Catarina Demony, David Latona, Andrei Khalip, Charlie DevereuxOrganizations:UPA, Farmers, El MundoLocations:Spain, Madrid, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Asaja, Torija, Jerez, Moroccan, Merida, lobbing
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish farmers blocked major highways with their tractors for a second day and disrupted access to port terminals as anger spreads in Europe's countryside against high costs, bureaucracy and competition from non-EU countries.
"Some countries don't respect the rules, they don't have quality controls," said Juan, who grows lemons in Andalusia, and was on a blockade in front of the access to Malaga port.
Fed up by the market situation and encouraged by similar protests in other European countries, Spanish farmers took their tractors out of their barns on Tuesday, two days ahead of protests scheduled by the country's main farmers associations.
Over the past few weeks, farmers in European countries including Germany, France and Belgium have held protests that sometimes turned violent.
Farmers say demanding rules imposed on them by the EU to protect the environment make them less competitive than peers in other regions, such as Latin America or non-EU Europe.
Juan, Inti Landauro, Emma Pinedo, Sharon SingletonOrganizations:TVE, Farmers, European CommissionLocations:MADRID, Europe's, Andalusia, Malaga, Germany, France, Belgium, EU, America, EU Europe
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish farmers blocked traffic on some of the country's main highways on Tuesday, joining colleagues in other European countries protesting against high costs, bureaucracy and competition from non-EU nations.
In Girona, tractors could be seen gathering ahead of the day of protests, carrying placards with one reading "without farmers there is no food".
Like colleagues in France, Belgium, Italy and Portugal, Spanish farmers are complaining about the increasing weight of European bureaucracy, low produce prices and rising costs.
They say demanding rules imposed on EU farmers to protect the environment makes them less competitive than peers in other regions, such as Latin America or non-EU Europe.
Over the past few days, blockades in France and Belgium have sometimes escalated into violent clashes with the police.
Dujo, Inti Landauro, Sharon SingletonOrganizations:EU, European Union, TVELocations:MADRID, Spain, Seville, Granada, Girona, France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, America, EU Europe