German opposition leader visits Kyiv



Germany's conservative opposition leader traveled to Kyiv on Tuesday for meetings with Ukrainian officials including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Merz, who heads former Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc——Christian Democratic Union (CDU), visited the town of Irpin on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a tweet that he also met with Merz, stressing the importance of strengthening sanctions and supporting Ukraine’s candidate status for EU membership.