European leaders make show of unity in Ukraine

European leaders have provided Ukrainians with weapons and given them billions of dollars in aid to help beat back the Russian invasion. However, the heads of the three largest economies in the EU have been criticized for not doing more. Now, they have visited the capital, Kyiv, to lend their support.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Wednesday. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis joined them.

The leaders promised to support Ukraine's bid to become part of the EU. Macron said they have jointly expressed their desire to confirm through actions -- not just words -- that Ukraine belongs to the European family.

Scholz added that he will push the European Council to take a unified position on EU membership for Ukraine. He said Germany is in favor of a positive decision.

EU executives will discuss Ukraine's bid on Friday, although the process could take years.

Ukrainian officials welcomed the show of support. However, they have complained that they've only received a fraction of the arms they need to beat back the Russians.

Zelenskyy said the more powerful weapons they get, the faster they can liberate their people. He said Russian aggression against Ukraine is aggression against all of Europe, against all of united Europe, against every one of them, against their values. He said the response must be united.

The leaders also visited Irpin, a city that saw heavy fighting in the first weeks of the invasion. Scholz says it has become a "symbol of the unimaginable cruelty of the war."

Much of the fighting has since shifted to eastern Ukraine. Russian forces are trying to storm the city of Severodonetsk from several directions. They have destroyed the main bridges over a river that connects the city to surrounding areas. However, the mayor says Severodonetsk is not totally cut off.