Ukraine's Zelenskiy meets Italian PM Meloni

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STORY: On Twitter, Zelenskiy called his visit to Italy and the Vatican "An important visit for approaching victory of Ukraine!"

Meloni visited Zelenskiy in Kyiv in February to assure him of Italy's continued support for Ukraine, despite some of her allies, most notably former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, having longstanding, close ties with Moscow.

The meeting with the pope is expected to be the most significant part of Zelenskiy's time in Italy. He previously met the pope at the Vatican in 2020 and the two have had several phone conversations since the war began.