Until Thursday morning, French, German and Italian officials refused to confirm the widely speculated trip and kept it secret. Details of the overnight trip, on a special train rented by Ukrainian officials, were provided by the French presidency and an AFP correspondent.
The train moved from an indescribable platform, partly made of dirt and eaten by weeds, to the train station in the same vague and unknown way.
In the pictures taken by the journalists on the train, the three leaders look calm and smiling. Mr Macron, Mr Schulz and Mr Draghi held a 90-minute late-night meeting in Mr Macron’s train car over snacks and orange juice without their advisers.