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Ukraine updates: Japan PM Kishida offers support to Kyiv

Update : 22 Mar 2023, 01:31

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have held a second day of talks, with the Russian leader saying China's proposals on the conflict could serve as a basis for peace.

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made an unexpected visit to Kyiv on Tuesday to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy described Kishida as a "powerful defender of the international order" and "a longtime friend of Ukraine."

Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar hailed the "historic visit" as a sign of "strong cooperation" between the two countries.

Kishida will offer "solidarity and unwavering support" to Ukraine during his visit, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

The Japanese PM was expected to return to Tokyo after his trip to India, but changed his plans to visit Ukraine. Broadcaster NHK showed him boarding a train at the Polish border town of Przemysl.

According to a statement released by Japan's Foreign Ministry, Kishida's visit is intended to show "his respect for the courage and perseverance of the Ukrainian people standing up to defend their homeland."

During the visit, Kishida visited Bucha, a town near Kyiv where local authorities say hundreds of bodies of civilians were found.

"The world was astonished to see innocent civilians in Bucha killed one year ago. I really feel anger at the atrocity upon visiting every place here," Kishida said. He expressed his condolences to all victims and the wounded on behalf of Japan.

Japan has joined Western allies in imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and has also offered support to Kyiv.

The nation has also taken the unusual step of sending defensive equipment and offering refuge to those fleeing the conflict.

However, due to the nation's post-war constitution limiting its military capacity to defensive measures, Japan has not provided military support.

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