The authorities in Ukraine are hopeful about the future, despite the current difficulties, Romanian Senate Speaker, Florin Cîțu, said upon his return from Kyiv. Florin Cîțu visited the Ukrainian capital to attend the first congress of local authorities held since the start of the Russian invasion. Florin Cîțu said talks focused primarily on reconstruction. Ukraine needs support for this effort, and it is clear the country needs further assistance in order to defend itself, the Romanian official pointed out.