President Jokowi arrives in Ukraine for a peacebuilding mission

President Joko Widodo has officially started his peacebuilding mission in Ukraine and Russia, arriving in Kyiv this morning.

A press release from the presidential secretariat said Jokowi, along with first lady Iriana, disembarked at the city’s railway center at 8:50 a.m. local time after an 11-hour train journey from Przemyśl, Poland. The party traveled on a special train that previously brought other world leaders to the Ukrainian capital during the invasion for security reasons.

Jokowi shared footage from his trip to Ukraine from Poland this morning.

The president is due to make an early morning visit to the city to witness the devastation the invasion has brought to Ukraine, before meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at Mariinskyi Palace, his official ceremonial residence.

President Jokowi and Lady Iriana are due to return to Poland by train this afternoon. They are due to make the second leg of their peacebuilding trip to Russia tomorrow, to meet President Vladimir Putin.

Indonesia is chairing the G20 intergovernmental forum for the first time this year. The country found itself between a rock and a hard place when Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, with Western G20 members threatening to boycott the Bali summit at the end of the year if Putin didn’t. was not excluded from the event.

Russian officials have repeatedly confirmed that Putin will attend the G20 summit.

Indonesia, underscoring its commitment to peacebuilding, also extended an invitation to non-G20 member Ukraine, which Zelenskiy said he would attend virtually.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh