Ddisplacement, Thursday, a of the four European leaders in Kyiv assumed unprecedented security measures, as is normal in the context of a war. According to some sources, in order to protect the leaders of the four countries, the images with their arrival at the station and those during the visit to Irpin were recordings broadcast about two hours after the events.
Kyiv train station was one of the best guarded areas in Ukraine. The train, the platforms, the parking lots around the station were all full of security officers or special forces soldiers. In addition to the security provided by the Ukrainians, each president was accompanied by elite troops brought from his own country.
On the way to the hotel, the traffic was blocked, so that no car approached the official columns. Once at the accommodation, the state leaders were greeted by dozens of soldiers, and these are the only ones who can be seen in the pictures. In reality, not Mtheir country was much larger. The surrounding buildings were filled with security forces, including snipers.
At the hotel, it could be seen that European leaders are extremely protected, even in cars. The shield used for official cars is so thick that it can withstand machine gun fire.
By far, the most tense moment was when officials arrived in Irpin, an area destroyed by the Russians. The military, whether fully equipped or in civilian clothes, has made a human shield around European leaders. Not even the press was too close to the four.
Anti-aircraft systems around Kiev operated non-stop, and aviation fighter jets were erected to destroy any enemy that might have approached the Ukrainian capital.
Volodymyr Zelensky then received his guests at the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv, used by the Ukrainian Presidency for special events, official and state visits. The three-century-old Baroque palace was built by Peter the Great’s daughter, Peasant Elizabeth. Here, too, Zelensky received French President Emmanel Macron after he had been in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s talks with the four leaders who arrived in Kyiv at the same time – Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Mario Draghi and Klaus Iohannis – were the clearest sign of solidarity and rejection of Russia’s attack.
How the four leaders traveled to Kyiv
However, the day of the Kyiv mini-summit began long before sunrise in eastern Poland, near the border with Ukraine.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has boarded special carriages on the train to Kyiv, as have President Macron and Prime Minister Draghi. According to BFMTV, each delegation received three carriages – one for a dignitary, one for advisers and the security apparatus and one for journalists. On the way, the three leaders met in Macron’s car.
Draghi and Scholz joked that they did not receive wagons as elegant as the French leader.
Beyond the jokes, the French, German and Italian leaders talked for more than two hours as the train took them to Kyiv. Behind him, a spare line was running, which could have quickly taken over the leaders and the rest of the delegations if the official train broke down or was attacked.
Arriving in Kyiv, each left the central station with a well-guarded convoy. Meanwhile, President Klaus Iohannis had arrived at the same station with a separate train.
Editor: Luana Pavaluca
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