• The UAE delegates discussed with Zelenskyy the humanitarian situation in Ukraine
  • The discussion also centered around the humanitarian support extended by the UAE to Ukraine amid the war
  • Ukraine officials invited the UAE to Ukrainian Recovery Conference in London in June

A UAE delegation led by Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam Al Mheiri made an official visit to Ukraine on Monday to strengthen relations between the two countries. The highlight of the trip was a meeting between the Emirati delegates and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to discuss the humanitarian situation in the Eastern European country in the wake of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

During the visit, Al Mheiri extended to Zelenskyy the greetings of UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-President and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and other UAE leaders. For his part, Zelenskyy thanked the UAE for supporting Ukraine and commended Sheikh Mohamed's commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Also in attendance during the meeting was Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska, who discussed with Al Mheiri the humanitarian situation in the country amid the war. She also discussed the humanitarian support extended by the UAE to Ukrainian children impacted by the conflict.

Al Mheiri and Zelenska also discussed the rebuilding and renovation of hospitals and schools destroyed in the wake of the conflict. The Ukrainian First Lady gave updates on the progress of the country's "family type orphanages" project, which the UAE funded to support the construction of 10 buildings that can provide a home for 100 children.

During the meeting, Zelenska also thanked the UAE for sending relief to Ukraine and providing shelter for citizens who were forced to flee with their families when the war erupted. In response, Al Mheiri reiterated the UAE's commitment to supporting Ukraine through food and medicine donations, as well as computers to assist students studying remotely amid the conflict. Al Mheiri also presented during the meeting a collection of letters from Ukrainian children who had fled the country and sought refuge in the UAE, expressing their hopes for a brighter future for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the visit also featured talks between Al Mheiri and Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Yulia Svrydenko. During the meeting, the Ukraine officials invited the UAE to the Ukrainian Recovery Conference in London, which will be held from June 21 to June 22 to discuss international efforts to rebuild Ukraine.

Ukraine's President Zelenskiy