Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez in Bucha, Ukraine, February 23, 2023. EFE/ Moncloa/Handout/Borja Puig De La Bellacasa

Spain’s PM makes 2nd visit to Ukraine on eve of war anniversary

Kyiv, Feb 23 (EFE).- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez arrived Thursday in Ukraine on the eve of the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion. 

Sánchez is due to meet with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to express Spain’s ongoing support for Ukraine as it resists Russia’s onslaught. It was his second visit to the country since the invasion began, the first taking place in April last year. 

“I’m returning to Kyiv a year after the war began. We will remain at the side of Ukraine and its people until peace returns to Europe,” a statement on the Socialist Party (PSOE) leader’s official Twitter page read. 

Sánchez on Thursday returned to the Kyiv suburbs of Bucha and Irpin, which have become synonymous with atrocities carried out by Russian forces in the early stages of the invasion. 

Since his last visit to Ukraine, Spain has ramped up its military support for Ukraine. 

Defense minister Margarita Robles on Wednesday confirmed that Spain would send six 2A4 Leopard tanks to Kyiv. 

Sánchez’s latest trip to Ukraine follows soon after visits made by United States president Joe Biden and Italy’s prime minister Giorgia Meloni. 

As well as meeting Zelenskyy, Sánchez is due to address Ukraine’s parliament. EFE