Zelensky cancels Friday visit to Spain

Zelensky cancels Friday visit to Spain
Zelensky cancels Friday visit to Spain

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was expected in Madrid on Friday for an official visit, has canceled his visit to Spain, according to the Spanish press, information confirmed by the official program of the Spanish royal palace.

On Wednesday morning, the royal palace updated the sovereign’s agenda, indicating that the planned meeting between King Felipe VI and the Ukrainian head of state, as well as an official lunch in honor of Mr. Zelensky, were canceled. without specifying the reason.

According to the Spanish press, Mr. Zelensky made this decision because of the new Russian offensive in northern Ukraine.

Contacted by AFP, Moncloa, the presidency of the Spanish government, could not be reached to confirm this cancellation.

Mr. Zelensky and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez were to sign during this visit, according to the daily El Pais, a bilateral security agreement intended to guarantee military support from Madrid to kyiv.

The Ukrainian president was also supposed to go to Portugal, where his visit will probably be canceled, as the Portuguese press has already suggested.

Ukraine faces a new Russian offensive in the north.

This new assault by Moscow launched on May 10 threatens Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, located around thirty kilometers south of the Russian border and hit almost daily by strikes.

The Ukrainian army announced during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday that it had to withdraw to certain areas of the northern front, in the Kharkiv region.

In Vovtchansk, the largest locality targeted by the ongoing Russian attack, the situation is “critical,” the head of the local military administration, Tamaz Gambarashvili, acknowledged on Tuesday, referring to “constant bombings” and fighting “in the surroundings of the city.

According to the Ukrainian army general staff, the Russians have achieved “tactical successes” and around thirty villages are under enemy fire. Some 7,000 people were evacuated.

This operation raises fears of a Russian breakthrough in the face of Ukrainian troops lacking resources and who were already under heavy pressure on the eastern and southern fronts.