Ukraine’s Zelenskyy heads to Argentina in bid to win assist from growing nations

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is heading to Buenos Aires to witness the swearing-in on Sunday of Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, Zelenskyy’s workplace stated.

It is the Ukrainian chief’s first-ever journey to Latin America as Kyiv continues to courtroom assist amongst growing nations for its 21-month-old combat in opposition to Russia’s invading forces.

A political outsider who has railed in opposition to what he calls entrenched official corruption in Argentina and promised to uproot the political institution, Milei ran on a pro-Western overseas coverage platform, repeatedly expressing mistrust of Moscow and Beijing.

Zelenskyy phoned Milei shortly after the Argentinian’s electoral victory, thanking him for his “clear support for Ukraine” which he described in social media posts as “well-noticed and appreciated by Ukrainians.”

In its readout of the decision revealed shortly later, Milei’s workplace stated he had provided to host a summit between Ukraine and Latin American states, a possible boon to Kyiv’s monthslong effort to strengthen its relationships with international locations of the worldwide south.

Zelenskyy and different senior Ukrainian officers have repeatedly introduced Ukraine’s warfare in opposition to Russia as resistance in opposition to colonial aggression, hoping to win assist from Asian, African and Latin American states that previously struggled to free themselves from overseas domination, typically turning to Moscow for assist in opposition to Western powers.

According to Zelenskyy’s official web site, he broke his journey to Argentina to satisfy with the prime minister of the West African nation of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva, thanking him for his assist for Kyiv’s diplomatic initiatives and discussing efforts to spice up Ukrainian grain exports to Africa. It was not instantly clear the place the assembly befell.

Zelenskyy expressed his appreciation for Cape Verde’s backing of U.N. resolutions supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory earlier than peace talks can start.

The African nation beforehand supported U.N. paperwork condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

According to Zelenskyy’s web site, he and Correia e Silva additionally mentioned Kyiv’s efforts to increase a hall for grain exports within the Black Sea that has seen over 7 million metric tons of Ukrainian produce shipped out since its inception, months after Moscow pulled out of a U.N.-brokered deal to facilitate shipments of Ukrainian and Russian meals and fertilizer to international locations in want, in addition to a proposal to ascertain transport and storage hubs for Ukrainian grain in Africa.

In different developments:

– Russian shelling over the previous 24 hours killed two aged ladies and wounded two extra civilians in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv area, native Gov. Oleh Syniehubov reported on Sunday morning. In a Telegram replace, Syniehubov stated that each ladies died in the identical assault within the province’s east, components of which run near the entrance line and have seen intense preventing in current weeks.

In the Kherson area within the south, Russian shelling on Saturday and in a single day killed one civilian and wounded 4 others, native Gov. Oleksandr Prokudin stated on Telegram on Sunday.

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