President Sauli Niinistö. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

“President Sauli Niinistö visits Ukraine and meets President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Tuesday, January 24, 2023,” the office of the Finnish president noted in a statement on Tuesday. “The visit,” according to the statement, “underlines Finland’s strong and continuous support to Ukraine.”

The presidents will discuss the current situation concerning the war of aggression that Russia started 11 months ago, Finland’s political and material support to Ukraine and Ukraine’s efforts to bring about a just peace.

After a joint press conference following the meeting, the presidents will continue the discussion over a working lunch.

In addition to the meeting with president Zelenskyy, president Niinistö visits Borodianka and Bucha, where local authorities will show him the ravages of war and tell him about the suffering caused to civilians by the Russian invasion.

The program in Kyiv also includes the laying of a wreath at the Wall of Remembrance for those fallen in the war, followed by a meeting and a discussion with local university students.