Blinken, Kuleba have lunch at veteran-owned restaurant in Kyiv — photo

Dmytro Kuleba and Antony Blinken
Dmytro Kuleba and Antony Blinken

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a working lunch at Veterano Pizza in Kyiv, BBC reported on May 14.

Blinken and Kuleba ordered two pies, including a vegetarian one, according to Barron's.

Blinken and Kuleba dining at Veterano Pizza <span class="copyright">Eduard Kryzhanivskyi/Press Service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS</span>
Blinken and Kuleba dining at Veterano Pizza Eduard Kryzhanivskyi/Press Service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS
The diplomats talking after their lunch <span class="copyright">Eduard Kryzhanivskyi/Press Service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS</span>
The diplomats talking after their lunch Eduard Kryzhanivskyi/Press Service of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

"As someone familiar with pizza, like most Americans, I can say it's excellent here; I highly, highly recommend it," said Blinken.

Kuleba and Blinken arrive at the establishment <span class="copyright">BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Pool via REUTERS</span>
Kuleba and Blinken arrive at the establishment BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Pool via REUTERS
Talking to journalists <span class="copyright">BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Pool via REUTERS</span>
Talking to journalists BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Pool via REUTERS

The pizza restaurant was founded by Leonid Ostaltsev, a veteran of the Ukrainian army who volunteered to serve during the 2014-2022 war in Donbas.

Ostaltsev eventually established Veterano Group, a company running several pizzerias, cafes, a pastry shop, and a bar.

He hired fellow Ukrainian veterans to work at the restaurant, and they regularly deliver free pizza to soldiers recovering from their wounds in Kyiv hospitals.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on May 14.

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