Ukraine’s Zelensky meets with leaders of Italy, Vatican

Italy's Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands after holding a joint press conference following their meeting on May 13, 2023 at Palazzo Chigi in Rome. (PHOTO / AFP)

ROME – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Rome on Saturday, meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Meloni told a joint press conference after bilateral talks with Zelensky that Italy will continue to provide assistance to Ukraine.

Zelensky at the joint press conference thanked Italy for its support since the start of the Ukraine crisis.

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In the Vatican, Pope Francis and Zelensky exchanged gifts and discussed the situation in Ukraine.